ASEAN Secretary-General urges government to quickly find replacement for FM

September 4th, 2008 - 4:03 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Secretary-General of the ASEAN Doctor Surin Pitsuwan (สุรินทร์ พิศสุวรรณ) has urged the government to expedite the establishment of someone to take on the responsbilities of recently resigned Foreign Affairs Minister Tej Bunnag. He said that the government must quickly replace the resigned minister and work to reestablish confidence ahead of an ASEAN summit scheduled for December.

Dr. Surin admitted that the resignation of Mr. Tej has concerned many ASEAN member nations and he has tried to stem their worries of escalating violence. The ASEAN Secretary-General expressed his continued belief that the country’s conflict can be resolved throught political processes.

Dr. Surin said that he has not yet been contacted by Mr. Tej on what issues he would like to be relayed to the ASEAN community but stated that preparations for the summit in December are continuing as scheduled.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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