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Pattaya Daily News

11 April 2009 :: 12:04:15 pm 27612

Asean+6 Summit Delayed by Red Shirt Blockade

PATTAYA, April 11 Demonstrators committed to bringing down the Thai government early Saturday forced a delay in the opening critical economic summit between government leaders of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with six key Asia-Pacific leaders here, according to Panithan Wattanayakorn, deputy secretary-general to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
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Red-clad protesters of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) blocked departures of Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leaders to the luxury hotel where the summit will open later Saturday, including Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, forcing postponement of the opening, Mr. Panithan said.

Thde UDD protesters have demanded Mr. Abhisit’s resignation without condition, Thailand’s lower house of Parliament, the House of Representatives, to be dissolved and for fresh elections to be held.

Despite the disruption, Mr. Panithan said leaders of ASEAN “reaffirmed” that they are committed to hold this meeting.

The summit brings together ASEAN’s national leaders with six Asia-Pacific partners to discuss a variety of issues, centering on the global economic crisis.

The Plus Three comprise China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, and the Plus Six includes India, Australia and New Zealand.

Major issues to be discussed Saturday between ASEAN leaders and Chinese, Japanese, South Korean and Indian leaders in separate meetings include promoting cooperation among them and exchanges on the political situation in the region.

On ASEAN and the Plus Three–the Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leaders collectively the main issues to be dealt with are promoting cooperation on economy and finance amid the global economic crisis, and promoting food and energy security in the region.

It is expected that two separate joint statements will be issued at the meetings conclusion.

Mr. Abhisit is also expected to hold bilateral talks with Malaysian, Chinese and Australian leaders later on Saturday. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Politics News

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