VIPs from 30 nations expected at royal cremation

VIPs from 30 nations expected at royal cremation

Officials rehearse for the royal cremation at Sanam Luang, Bangkok, on Sunday. Foreign  Minister Don Pramudwinai said about 30 nations will send high-level representatives to attend the ceremony on Oct 26. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)
Officials rehearse for the royal cremation at Sanam Luang, Bangkok, on Sunday. Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said about 30 nations will send high-level representatives to attend the ceremony on Oct 26. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

About 30 countries have indicated they will send high-level representatives to attend the royal cremation of King Rama IX, Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said on Tuesday.

Appropriate arrangements were being made to receive them, he said. Their numbers were likely to rise.

The Foreign Ministry had not sent out specific invitations to attend the Oct 26 ceremony, but other governments were welcome to express their wish to do so, Mr Don said.  

National police chief Chakthip Chaijinda said on Tuesday police would ensure the safety of people who attend the ceremonies and facilitate traffic flow.

The final rehearsal for the procession would be on Oct 21.

Police were instructed to increase their efficiency in screening those people who would be allowed access to restricted areas during the ceremonies.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon told the government committee organising the royal cremation to ensure the security of mourners at all locations around Sanam Luang and those attending cermonies in the provinces. More security cameras will be installed.

Pol Gen Chakthip said he was confident the royal ceremonies would be peaceful and orderly. There were no reports to date of any suspicious movements. The public should follow officers' instructions to maintain order and for their own safety.


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