ASEAN Summit may be held in other venues

October 24th, 2008 - 12:34 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tharit Charungvat (ธฤต จรุงวัฒน์) discloses that the government is still deciding to change the venue of the ASEAN Summit and there is a possibility that the summit may not be held in Bangkok.

The spokesman said that the 14th ASEAN Summit, scheduled from December 15th – 18th, may take place in other provinces as the government is concerned that the country’s political conflict centered in the capital may affect it. The government therefore sent officials to survey Chinag Mai province to see whether the province can host the summit. The government is expected to conclude the matter within this month, the spokesman says.

Initially, the summit organizers decided to use Centara Grand Hotel at Ratchaprasong Junction to host the summit attended by leaders of ten ASEAN member countries and leaders of more than 17 countries which are trade partners of ASEAN. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will also join the 3rd ASEAN-UN Summit as well as chiefs of major international organizations such as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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