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22 October 2009 :: 12:10:31 pm 31639

Asean Chief Confident of Regional Bloc’c Summit Success

BANGKOK, Oct 21 (TNA) - ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan on Wednesday said he was confident that the 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit will be successful and lead to building a strong ASEAN community by the time of the enforcement of the ASEAN Charter in 2015.
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The ASEAN Summit and its related summits is scheduled to be held in the Thai seaside resorts town of Cha-am and Hua Hin October 23 to 25.

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, while the Plus+3 countries are China, Japan and South Korea, and the ASEAN+6 ? are the 13 plus India, Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Surin said the upcoming regional summit will discuss establishment of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, while the ASEAN+3 will focus on financial cooperation, response to natural disasters, human resources development and the building of economic community.

“I believe the ASEAN Summit will be successful and lay the foundation to the strong ASEAN Community in 2015,” said Dr Surin.

Meanwhile, Vitavas Srivihok, director-general of Thailand’s ASEAN Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will not be able to arrive Thailand in time of the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit, scheduled on October 23, at 9.45 am.

Mr Vitavas said Mr Susilo has just sworn in as the president of Indonesia and is forming his cabinet, while Mr Najib is scheduled to deliver a statement on the government’s budget to the Malaysian parliament.

“It is understandable that the two leaders can not attend the ASEAN opening ceremony and we have been informed about that in advance,” said Mr Vitavas, “All ASEAN leaders will attend the summit, but will arrive at the meeting venues at different times.”

Meanwhile, security has been tightened to ensure order at and around the summit venues in Cha-am and Hua Hin, with about 18,000-strong security force being deployed.

Pol Gen Vichien Pojphosri, deputy chief of the joint staff of the centre for maintaining security of the ASEAN Summit, said police will be responsible for the areas under the enforcement of Internal Security Act (ISA).

Gen Vichien said if anti-government protesters enter the areas, police will negotiate and give them a warning before using water and ultrasound wave to disperse them as required by international standards.

He said teargas and rubber bullets will be use at the last resort in controlling the crowd. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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