Indonesian president calls on ASEAN leaders to jointly seek solution for Thailand

18:35, May 21, 2010      

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Through a letter sent to Vietnam that chairs the ASEAN pact this year, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on ASEAN leaders to seek peace solution for Thailand together, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Teuku Fazasyah said here on Friday.

Teuku said that the letter was sent on May 16 amid the escalating tension and violence in Thailand.

The letter would be distributed by Vietnam leader who acts as ASEAN chairman to all leaders of countries joined in group of southeast Asian nations, Teuku added.

"In the letter, the president called on his counterparts to unite their stances in responding Thailand issue, draft the way out steps for Thailand as the political impasse has turned out to violence," Teuku said in media briefing held in the ministry's premises.

Further steps to seek the way out from crisis in Thailand will be communicated actively by foreign affairs ministries of each ASEAN countries, Teuku added.

Meanwhile, considering the ongoing violence that has escalated to a concerning level in Thailand, Indonesian embassy in that country has opened a temporary office in a hotel located near Svarnabhumi Bangkok international airport that particularly provides counseling service for Indonesians on whether they should return to Indonesia or may continue their stay in Thailand.

Source: Xinhua

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