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 30 Apr 2009

Singapore minister regrets Asean Summit cancellation

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Singapore’s Foreign Minister George Yeo called the cancellation of the Asean Summit in Pattaya, Thailand, a great humiliation for the ten-nation trading bloc in a speech he made Tuesday at a gathering in Washington, organised by the US-ASEAN Business Council.

"Unfortunately, ASEAN today looks a little patchy," he said. "The last summit that was held in Pattaya was disrupted in a manner which caused us, in Asean, great humiliation," reported Channel News Asia, Singapore’s state-owned television boradcaster and news vendor.  

Stressing the need to reconvene the abandoned Asean meeting, Yeo said, "But whatever happens, it is critical that we do not allow the Asean project to be derailed. It is critical to the construction of a larger architecture of peace in Asia."

During his visit to the US, Yeo met key members of US President Barack Obama's administration,including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Yeo said he looks forward to the visit of Clinton to the Asean Regional Forum and the presence of President Obama at the Apec meeting in Singapore in November.









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