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ASEAN: Thailand proposes new summit dates in June 13-14

Updated On: May 07, 2009

Thailand has proposed that the ASEAN Summit reconvene in June 13-14 in Phuket. However, this is dependent on the availability of leaders from the 16 countries, which comprise the 10 Asean members, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. This announcement, made by Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, came alongside a proposal for a five-kilometre radius protest ban around the conference venue.

"We will declare the meeting venue off-limits to gatherings and for that we have to see which legal avenue we can resort to in order to implement the measure,'' Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said.

In addition, all three wings of the Thai military would police the event, including soldiers deployed at the meeting venue, airport and hotels where the leaders would staying and routes to be taken by the foreign dignitaries.

On April 11, anti-government protesters stormed the meeting venue in Pattaya and forced the summit's cancellation last month.

In a diplomatic embarassment for Thailand, foreign leaders and dignitaries were urgently ferried out under a state of emergency by helicopter, boat and car.

Sources:

Straits Times 4 May 09 Thailand wants summit in June http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_372...

Bernama 4 May 09 Aborted ASEAN Summit On June 13, 14 In Phuket http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsworld.php?id=408578

The Nation/Asia News Network 4 may 09 
Asian leaders seek 5km protest ban http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20090504-13...







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