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Thailand Sets February 13 To 15 For Asean Summit - Minister

Wednesday December 24th, 2008 / 10h50

Thailand Sets February 13 To 15 For Asean Summit - Minister

BANGKOK - Thailand has set Feb. 13 to 15 as the new dates for a delayed summit of Southeast Asian nations in Bangkok, a minister said Wednesday.
The foreign ministry had earlier mentioned the dates of Feb. 24 to 26 for the 14th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
But this plan had to be dropped because it wasn't convenient for some member nations and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva wanted to make it earlier.
"The new summit dates are Feb. 13 to 15," Boonchong Wongtrairat, deputy interior minister told reporters, adding that the exact location in Bangkok hasn't yet been finalized.
"The government wants (the summit to take place at) Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, but it is already booked, so we will have to negotiate," he said.
The meeting was delayed from mid-December amid political turmoil in Thailand, including the occupation of the capital's airports, which led to the toppling of the ruling party loyal to ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Abhisit hopes to project the summit as a sign that normality is returning to Thailand after months of instability.
Asean comprises of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Representatives of Japan, South Korea, China, India, as well as the U.N. secretary-general are expected to attend the 14th Asean summit.
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Thailand Sets February 13 To 15 For Asean Summit - Minister

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