Cambodia suggests Asean summit in Indonesia

December 8th, 2008 - 5:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Phnom Penh, Dec 8 (Xinhua) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Monday suggested the summit meet of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) may be held in Indonesia as the bloc’s current chair Thailand, in the thick of political turmoil, has expressed inability to hold the event. Thailand, which currently holds the Asean’s rotating presidency, has requested postponement of the bloc’s summit in mid-December to March next year because of politcal crisis in the country.

The summit should not be postponed, Hun Sen told reporters here, adding that “we have to meet to solve many issues, including the global financial crisis.”

“If we delay the summit, the Asean will move backward,” he said.

“The Asean should not be the hostage of Thai political crisis”, Hun Sen said.

The summit should be held at the Asean secretariat in Indonesia’s Jakarta and Thailand can still hold the chair of the summit as Singapore’s prime pinister requested, he added.

The Asean is a 10-nation grouping for economic cooperation comprising Brunei, Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia. Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.

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