South Korean police ready to secure G-20 summit

S Korean police will go on high alert and mobilise a record 50,000 officers to thwart possible threats from N Korea.

Updated: Oct 18, 2010, 17:11 PM IST

Seoul: South Korean police will go on high
alert and mobilise a record 50,000 officers to thwart possible
threats from North Korea, international terrorists and
anti-globalization demonstrators during a summit of world
leaders in Seoul next month, the national police commissioner
said Monday.

South Korea this year is hosting a series of meetings
by the Group of 20 leading advanced and emerging economies
that will culminate in a gathering on November 11-12 set to be
attended by leaders including President Barack Obama,
Germany`s Angela Merkel and China`s Hu Jintao.

The event carries great prestige in South Korea,
which will be the first non-Group of Seven country as well as
the first nation in Asia to host a G-20 summit. The group has
become the leading forum for steering the global economy since
the outbreak of the world financial crisis in 2008,
supplanting the G-7.

Cho Hyun-oh, commissioner general of the Korea
National Police Agency, said that the Seoul summit is expected
to draw 32 heads of state and leaders of international
organizations as well as 10,000 total participants.

"Violent riots that have become common practice at
large-scale international events are expected to take place
during this summit as well," the uniformed Cho told
journalists from foreign news organisations.

"Recently, international terrorism is on the rise
and risks related to North Korea still remain."

He said that his agency was working with South Korea`s
military, Interpol and foreign intelligence services to ensure
that world leaders will be protected and the summit will be
successfully carried out.

Separately, South Korea`s Joint Chiefs of Staff said
Sunday that the country`s military will also go on high alert
to cope with any possible provocations by North Korea and
terrorist groups.

PTI