The Thai government has announced that the Asean summit will be held on the resort island of Phuket in October.
The twice-postponed summit had originally been scheduled for April but was postponed because of demonstrations by the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD). The December meeting was suspended by demonstrations by the rival People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD).
Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya announced the government's plans to other ASEAN foreign ministers Wednesday at a meeting between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the European Union, the Bangkok Post reported.
A source in the Thai delegation said officials decided Phuket would be safer than Pattaya, the venue for the suspended meetings, because residents of the island province tend to be supporters of the ruling Democrat Party.
Kasit added that he informed a meeting of Asean foreign ministers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia recently that Thailand was ready to organise the Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM), the Post Ministerial Conference (PMC) and the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) between July 16 and 23 in Phuket.
A foreign ministers meeting is scheduled in Phuket from July 16 to July 23 followed by the summit proper from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25.
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