>Foreign minister leaves for UN General Assembly


Newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sompong Amornwiwat (pictured) leaves here late Friday to attend the United Nations General Assembly now taking place in New York.

Mr Sompong, who assumed his duties Friday, told journalists he would represent the Thai government in addressing the world body which is scheduled on Monday. He said his speech would not relate to any Thai government policy because the government is scheduled to 
present its policy to the House of Representatives in Parliament on October 8 and 9.

Major issues to be informed at the UN General Assembly, Mr Sompong said, are Thailand’s current role as chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and talks with Cambodian Foreign Minister
Hor Nam Hong on the sidelines of the UN meeting regarding disputed ancient temples on the unclear border 
of the two neighbours.

Also, Mr Sompong said he would assure Cambodia as well as other ASEAN members that Thailand could definitely hold an ASEAN summit late this year as planned in this country.

He said he planned to pay official visits to both Cambodia and Laos on October 10 before Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat visits the two neighbouring countries.

On the sensitive issue concerning revocation of the so-called ‘red’ or diplomatic passport of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, now seeking political asylum in Britain, he said the decision must be made by Mr Somchai. (TNA)

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