Thailand ready for Asean Summit


Thailand ready for Asean Summit Writer: Published: 9/09/2009 at 04:42 PM Arrangements are complete for the hosting of the Asean Summit and leaders of all 10 member countries and six non-Asean countries have confirmed they will attend, permanent secretary for foreign affairs Virasak Futrakul said on Wednesday.

The summit will be held at Cha-am, Phetchaburi province, and nearby Hua Hin, in adjoining Prachuap Khiri Khan province, from Oct 23 to 25.

China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India will attend the summit with Asean’s 10 member-states.

Mr Virasak said Asean permanent secretaries for foreign affairs will meet from Oct 6 to 8 to finalise preparations.

The Asean Summit was initially convened in Pattaya in mid April this year, but it was cancelled amid chaos and violent protests by the red shirts of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.

The summit was then re-scheduled for Oct 23-25 in Phuket, but the venue was later shifted to Cha-am and Hua Hin since Phuket will host the annual vegetarian festival at that time.

The government has said the Internal Security Act will be enforced around the summit venues.