ASEAN Summit to be held in Chiang Mai confirmed


CHIANG MAI, Thailand (eTN) – According to a breaking news article at , Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat has finally confimed that the Asean Summit is scheduled to take place December 15-18 in Chiang Mai.

Thai officials have already told their ASEAN counterparts they have decided to change the venue of the December ASEAN Summit to Chiang Mai, in order to avoid possible security problems from the political strife centered in Bangkok. It was planned that the event would have been held at the Centera Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

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Diplomatic sources on the sidelines of the two-day, Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Beijing said Chiang Mai now is the official site for the series of annual summits involving ASEAN and its major trading partners, such as China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, and New Zealand.

For this year’s summit meeting, scheduled for December 15-18, 2008 at the Shangri-La Chiang Mai, Thailand has invited UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the heads of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to join a special session to discuss how to mitigate the global financial crisis.

The annual ASEAN summit meeting involves the 10 members – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.