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Cambodia beefs up security ahead of ASEAN FM meeting…hit where it hurts, land lost victims to protest in Siem Reap?

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — Some 1,450 security forces have been deploying in Siem Reap Province ahead of the ASEAN foreign ministers’ retreat meeting which will be held on Jan. 10-12, the provincial police chief Sath Nady said Monday.

“We have been deploying the forces from Jan. 8-12 in order to ensure security and safety for the ASEAN delegates,” he told Xinhua over telephone. “The security has been tightened from the airport to the meeting venues and around the provincial town.”

The ASEAN foreign ministers’ retreat meeting will be chaired by Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong, who is also the country’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

It would be the first foreign ministers’ meeting in a form of retreat in Cambodia. During the meeting, the ministers will discuss regional and international issues the ASEAN has interest in. Also, they will also discuss progress in the context of ASEAN Community building.

Siem Reap, the country’s largest cultural tourism destination, is situated some 321 kilometers Northwestern Cambodia. The province houses Angkor Wat temples, one of the world heritage sites.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

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