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Sunday, 11 April 2010

Cambodia asks to convene ASEAN summit to help defuse Thai's extremely tense situation

Updated April 11, 2010

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) - Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong (pictured) on Saturday night proposed to hold an urgent ASEAN summit to help defusing Thailand's extremely tense situation.

In his letter to Pham Gia Khiem, Vietnamese deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs, Hor Namhong said "in light of this very grave development which no one knows when it will end and whether it will lead to more bloodshed, I think that we, as fellow ASEAN member states cannot stand idle and leave ASEAN image at stake any further."

Hor said he refered to the current "extremely tense political situation in Thailand, which has already claimed many human casualties."

"Therefore, I would like to propose that Vietnam as Chair of ASEAN should issue a Declaration on the situation in Thailand, or convene an urgent special ASEAN Summit in order to help looking for any appropriate ways to defuse such an extremely explosive situation in our friendly Thailand," he said.

ASEAN comprises of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


Anonymous said...

well played by Cambodia

Anonymous said...

I think it is very hypocritical of Hor Namhong and Hun Sen who had tried to stir up the political trouble in Thailand by openly supporting Thaksin and when the trouble is boiling, they turned around and pretend to propose for an Asean solution? I think Hun Sen and Hor Namhong should look at their own backyard in Cambodia first before trying to help solve problems and clean political mess in other countries.