Sign up | Log in



Home  >>   Daily News  >>   Asean News  >> Ties  >> ASEAN SUMMIT: Leaders urge 'peaceful solution' in Thailand
NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs   14 May 2014  

ASEAN SUMMIT: Leaders urge 'peaceful solution' in Thailand

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Asean yesterday adopted a recommendation by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen that the grouping - which has had a policy of non-interference in other members' affairs - issue a statement on Thailand's ongoing political crisis.

The statement called for all conflicting parties in Thailand to end the ongoing political crisis peacefully and democratically.

"Asean member states continue to follow closely the recent developments in Thailand and emphasise their full support for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing challenge in the country through dialogue and in full respect of democratic principles and rule of law," the statement by Asean foreign ministers said.

"Asean expressed confidence in the resilience of the Thai nation to overcome the present difficulties and stand ready to extend all appropriate support based on the principles provided in its charter."

Hun Sen suggested before the leaders summit in the Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw yesterday he would propose that the regional group issue a statement on the political crisis in Thailand to reflect Asean's view.

But it was Asean foreign ministers who issued the statement, an official said.

Hun Sen was regarded as a close political ally of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been at the core of conflict in Thai politics for many years.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Phongthep Thepkanjana, who represented Thailand in the Asean summit, said his government listened to all voices and views on the political crisis.

Phongthep had to attend the summit as he was assigned to oversee the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after Surapong Tovichakchaikul was dismissed from the office following the Constitutional Court's verdict last week regarding the unlawful transfer of National Security Council chief Thawil Pliensri.

Yingluck Shinawatra was also ousted as prime minister by the court.

"I understand that Asean leaders gave importance to political development in Thailand and I reassured them that Thailand has a long history of democracy and we will go along this democratic way," Phongthep told reporters in Nay Pyi Taw.

The government had put a lot of effort into trying to solve the conflict by peaceful means and stage a new election in accordance with the constitution, he said.

There was some reluctance to issue the statement on the political crisis.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa had initially prepared a draft statement when Surapong was still foreign minister. It was later adjusted by the Myanmar chair. But some ministers had second thoughts over recent days, suggesting it might be too difficult for the group to take a proper stance on the rapidly changing situation in Thailand, a source said.

Asean ministers tread the finest line in order to avoid Thailand's warring parties from misinterpreting the statement and believing it to take the side of one group.

Asean leaders issued a statement on the political crisis on December 14 when they gathered in Tokyo for the Asean-Japan summit. They called for Thailand to solve the problem within a democratic framework and rule of law, promote national reconciliation and return of normalcy in accordance with the will and interest of the people of Thailand.--The Nation

Reach Southeast Asia!
10- Nations, 560- Million Consumers
And $1 -Trillion Market
We are the Voice of Southeast Asia Media Kit
The only Media Dedicated to Southeast Asia Advertising Rates for Magazine
Online Ad Rates

Comment on this Article. Send them to

Letters that do not contain full contact information cannot be published.
Letters become the property of AseanAffairs and may be republished in any format.
They typically run 150 words or less and may be edited
submit your comment in the box below

Today's  Stories                            May 14, 2014 Subsribe Now !
• ASEAN SUMMIT: Leaders urge 'peaceful solution' in Thailand Subcribe: Asean Affairs Global Magazine
• VN faces high risk of cyber attacks
• Cambodia urges support for tourism
Research Reports
on Thailand 2007-2008

• Textiles and Garments Industry
• Coffee industry
• Leather and footwear industry
• Shrimp industry

• Human resources in banking crucial for AEC
• Tourists to Kuala Namu up 13.54 percent
Asean Analysis                    May 12, 2014

• Asean Analysis May 12, 2014
Lao Dam Troubles Mekong Waters
Advertise Your Brand

Asean Stock Watch    May 12, 2014
• Asean Stock Watch-May 12, 2014
The Biweekly Update
• The Biweekly Update  May 2, 2014

ASEAN NEWS UPDATES      Updated: 04 January 2011

 • Women Shariah scholars see gender gap closing
• Bank Indonesia may hold key rate as inflation hits 7 percent
• Bursa Malaysia to revamp business rules
• Private property prices hit new high in Singapore • Bangkok moves on mass transport
• Thai retailers are upbeat
• Rice exports likely to decline • Vietnamese PM projects 10-year socioeconomic plan


This year in Thailand-what next?

AseanAffairs   04 January 2011
By David Swartzentruber      

It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

The first issue that can’t be answered is the health of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol, who is now 83 years old. He is the world's longest reigning monarch, but elaborate birthday celebrations in December failed to mask concern over his health. More






1.  Verifier

1. Verifier

For security purposes, we ask that you enter the security code that is shown in the graphic. Please enter the code exactly as it is shown in the graphic.
Your Code
Enter Code

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Special Feature | Features | News | Magazine | Events | TV | Press Release | Advertise With us

| Terms of Use | Site Map | Privacy Policy  | DISCLAIMER |

Version 5.0
Copyright © 2006-2017 TIME INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT ENTERPRISES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.
Bangkok, Thailand