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01 March 2009 :: 14:03:40 pm 38878

Thai Pm: Asean to be More People-Centred

PHETCHABURI, Feb 28 - Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday pledged that the10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) would put people first in its vision, policies and action plans as the region's leaders began their annual summit with high hopes they would push forward the establishment of a human rights body within this year.
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It is the first time for the regional leaders to meet since the group signed its landmark charter in December. The document made the regional association a legal entity and is considered as a key step towards the goal of establishing ASEAN community by 2015.

Thailand, which currently holds ASEAN’s rotating chairmanship, branded the meeting as a turning point for the regional grouping.

In his opening speech, the Thai prime minister urged the bloc to be more people-centred. “Protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms is a key feature of our Community. The establishment of an ASEAN human rights body by this year, the first ever of its kind in the region, will be a big step in this direction,” Mr. Abhisit said.

ASEAN’s leaders are also expected to sign a declaration on a roadmap for forming a European Union-style community by 2015.

They will also discuss a US$120 billion emergency fund agreed on by the ASEAN+3 finance ministers meeting in Thailand’s southern province of Phuket last weekend. Asia’s three economic powerhouses, Japan, South Korea and China, agreed in principle to provide some 80 per cent of the funds.

The Thai prime minister said he hoped that the summit would be able to agree on a “Cha-am/Hua Hin Package” which he said “will serve as the stepping stone for a series of regional initiatives, to be developed in concert with other countries in East Asia, to help address the impact of the global financial crisis in the region.”

ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. (TNA)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________
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ASEAN Leaders Get All the Perks in Cha-am and Hua Hin (27/02/2009)

ASEAN leaders have arrived in Cha-am and Hua Hin for the 14th ASEAN Summit. They have been greeted with a basket of delightful rose apples of Phetchaburi, carefully prepared as the pride of the province.

General Manager of the Dusit Thani Hua Hin Hotel, Watcharavudh Victor Sukseree, described the readiness on the part of the hotel chosen as the summit venue. All the meeting rooms and accommodations are well-prepared. Leaders occupying the super deluxe suites costing 70,000 baht a night at the hotel are from Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, and the Secretariat of ASEAN. The hotel has, however, prepared crystal sculptures as souvenirs for all leaders.

A for the summit menu, Mr. Watcharavudh said that although not yet confirmed, the hotel?s prominent dishes include Mango Moose Millefeuille, Tomato Soup, Salmon in Spring Roll, and Lobster Topped with Chili and Spices and Served with Rice. Halal dishes are also prepared.

For the welcoming and security of ASEAN leaders and their parties, the Provincial Police Operation Center Region 7 has been on full alert for the arrival of ASEAN leaders who started arriving at Hua Hin or Bo Fai Airport on Friday, February 27. Each leader will be escorted to the hotel by a motorcade.

Live broadcast of the inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, February 28, from 14.00 hours onwards. The ASEAN Anthem, The ASEAN Way, the award- winning work by three Thais, Mr. Kittikhun Sodprasert, Mr.Sampao Triudom, and Mrs. Payom Valaiphatchra, is performed by the Royal Thai Navy Symphony Orchestra with a chorus. This is followed by a feature on evolution of ASEAN and the speech by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as Chair of ASEAN to inaugurate the 14th ASEAN Summit.

In the evening, ASEAN leaders are granted an audience with His Majesty the King at Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin, followed by a gala dinner given in honor of ASEAN leaders and their spouses by the Royal Thai Government at the Mrigadayavan Palace.

The Mae Fa Luang Foundation has brought three truckloads of flowers from the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai, to decorate the banquet site, emphasizing diversity in colors and forms of flowers at the front and around the site, signifying the diversity in ASEAN. White orchids are used to decorate the interior, with green leaves in the background, representing sincerity and the green society of Thailand and ASEAN as a whole.

Flowers used are mostly temperate, such as petunia and lobelia, with purple and yellow orchids. About 20,000 plants are used for the decorations which will be maintained on show for one week after the gala dinner.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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