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Thai PM: ASEAN summit must be held
Updated: 2009-04-16 22:17

BANGKOK - Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Thursday that his government is determined to host a renewed session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit with six dialogue partners, according to the Thai News Agency.

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At a press conference, Abhisit said, "we will decide on the dates for the ASEAN plus three and the ASEAN plus six in the next few days. I will meet with the secretary general of the ASEAN in the next two days."

The three-day summit between ASEAN and government leaders of China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand, began last Friday at the hotel in the Thai resort of Pattaya, but was canceled the next day by Abhisit in deference to the safety concerns of visiting government leaders after anti-government protesters led by the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) stormed into the hotel.