Pattaya Daily News

02 May 2009 :: 13:05:07 pm 38032

Preparations Underway For Asean Summit In Phuket

BANGKOK, May 2 - Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban on Saturday flew to Thailand?s Andaman Sea island resort of Phuket to observe preparations for hosting the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit with its six dialogue partners next month.
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Accompanied by Defence Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan and all three armed forces commanders, Mr. Suthep, who oversees security affairs, told journalists before departing Saturday that the trip is aimed at informing government officials and the private sector in Phuket on why the government had decided to host the summit.

Mr. Suthep said that he hoped that would be no violence, unlike the earlier abruptly-terminated Pattaya ASEAN summit, because the people of Phuket want the summit to be held smoothly and there are sufficient facilities available in the province.

ASEAN’s intended three-day summit Pattaya was cancelled April 11 after anti-government protesters stormed the hotel venue.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has said that his government will host the ASEAN summit with its six dialogue partners — China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand — in June as all participating countries want it to be held to help resolve responses to the global economic slump and its impact in the ASEAN region.

The government, Mr. Suthep said, has assigned the Ministry of Defence as the key agency to provide security to government leaders attending the upcoming June summit.

Military personnel will provide security this time, he explained, because of a shortage of available police. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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