Thursday, August 28, 2008

ASEAN Secretary-General worries about political turmoil in Thailand

SINGAPORE, Aug 28 (TNA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan on Thursday expressed concern that Thailand's political turmoil would affect Thailand's image as the chairman of the regional group.

Speaking of the ongoing political tension in Thailand following the occupation of the Government House compound by the anti-government demonstrators led by the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), Mr. Surin said Thailand's foreign and commerce ministries needed to speed up explaining the situation to all trading partners as soon as possible.

Mr. Surin, attending the 40th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting being held in this island state, said that ASEAN members are worried about what happened in Thailand although the issue was not raised for discussion at the meeting.

He said he hoped the political disturbance in Thailand would soon be settled under a legal framework .

The government should not let the situation worsen because it could affect Thailand's bargaining power and its leadership in the international arena, he said.

As ASEAN chairman, he suggested, Thailand should spend its remaining term of one year and a half showing efficient leadership to make its image distinguished in the international venue. (TNA)

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