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Cambodia to deploy over 5,000 security forces for upcoming 20th ASEAN summit

PHNOM PENH, March 16 (Xinhua) — Cambodia has begun to beef up security and public order ahead of the 20th ASEAN summit and related meetings, which will be started here from Mar. 30 to April 4, the Phnom Penh police chief Touch Narath said Friday.

“We plan to deploy more than 5,000 police forces from the airport to the meeting venues and around Phnom Penh in order to prepare security and public order for the delegates in the upcoming ASEAN summit,” he told Xinhua over telephone.

The security tightening will be begun from now until the end of the summit through routinely patrolling and searching for weapons and explosions at night among passengers, he said.

The 20th ASEAN summit and related meetings will be held at the capital’s Peace Palace.

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

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