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Thai parliament passes laws to give immunity for Asean staffs Surin Pitsuwan , Secretary General of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations, has been pushing Thailand, his home country, to ratify the group’s charter in his meeting during the week with speakers of lower and upper houses in Bangkok.

Surin met with the leaders of the two houses, Chai Chidchob and Prasobsuk Boondej to brief them on the significance of Asean Charter and its ratification, local daily the Nation quoted the Asean chief as saying.

Surin, the paper said, has been lobbying the Thai lawmakers to ratify the charter, which he said is important especially because the country is the current chair of Asean.

The members of Thai Parliament voted 269 in support of the law with three absentee. "Thailand can set a good example for Asean, " Surin said adding that now the law will through the Senate's vetting, which is scheduled to deliberate on 16 September.

The Senate is expected to approve the law in three readings next week.

Both Indonesian and Filipino lawmakers are also in the process of do the same. Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma and Brunei have already ratified the charter.































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