Singapore adds Sentosa to “special event area” for US-DPRK summit
Updated : Wednesday, June 06, 2018 9:08 AM (GMT+0700)

Singaporeon June 5 added its southern resort island of Sentosa to a “special event area”designated for the upcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and theDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s leader Kim Jong Un.

A man watches a television news screen showing US President Donald Trump (left) and
DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, at a railway station in Seoul, on May 25, 2018 - Photo: AFP/VNA

A day earlier, thecity-state declared a central region, comprising the districts of Tanglin,Newton and Orchard, where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the US Embassy, andseveral large hotels are located, as a "special event area" from June10-14.

In its online gazette, theSingaporean Government said the amended zone included Sentosa and an area ofthe sea stretching more than 1 km off its southwestern shore.

A smaller area in the centreof the island that includes the Capella hotel, which media have mentioned as apossible venue for the June 12 talks, will see greater presence of police.

The government has saidpolice would make stricter checks of people and personal belongings and itemssuch as public address systems and remotely piloted aircraft system would beprohibited.

This is the second timeSingapore has declared the “special event area” under the Public Order Actsince it was revised in April 2017. The first was during the 32nd ASEANSummit. The areas around the Istana and Shangri-La Hotel were designated as“special event areas” on April 27 and 28 this year.

The Singaporean Ministry ofForeign Affairs confirmed on May 10 that the island state will host thehistoric summit between Trump and Kim.

All necessary preparationsfor the meeting are being urgently made. But, there has been no confirmation ofthe venue for the summit to discuss ending the DPRK’s nuclear weapons programmein return for diplomatic and economic incentives, although several Singaporeanhotels have figured as candidates.


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