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Tense Political Situation

ASEAN called to defuse explosive crisis in Thailand

Reinhard Hohler, eTN  Apr 12, 2010

According to media sources in Phnom Penh, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Saturday night proposed to hold an urgent ASEAN Summit to help defusing Thailand's extremely explosive crisis.

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."

Mr. Hor Namhong referred to the current extremely tense political situation in Thailand, which has already claimed some 21 human casualties."

"Therefore, I would like to propose that Viet Nam 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, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

ASEAN called to defuse explosive crisis in Thailand
Photo by Vincent Yu, AP

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