Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa wants martial law lifted in Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai province so that police can be involved in combatting crime on the Mekong River.
The minister aired his opinion at the meeting of the Defence Council at the Defence Ministry in Bangkok on Friday, according to a reliable source.
The National Security Council (NSC) has proposed the lifting of martial law and the minister is supporting it, the source said. Former police chief Pol Gen Wichean Potephosree is the NSC secretary-general.
The source said that the participation of police was aimed at boosting the atmosphere of transparency in security affairs in the northernmost province.
Martial law has been in effect in Chiang Saen district for a long time to facilitate suppression of narcotics and other crime along the border near the Golden Triangle – where Thailand, Burma and Laos adjoin.
A bench along the Maekong-river in Chiang Saen
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