Asean urged to comment on Thailand

NAY PYI TAW - Southeast Asian leaders were urged to make a statement on Thailand's ongoing political turmoil Sunday at a regional summit being hosted for the first time by Myanmar.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen proposed the statement at a morning meeting of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) leaders.

Hun Sen is a close political ally of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose sister was ousted as premier by the Constitutional Court on Wednesday.

"We have expressed our appreciation to the Asean leaders for their concerns about the Thai situation, especially to Prime Minister Hun Sen for his suggestion to issue a statement about the democractic process in Thailand," said caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Pongthep Thepkanchaana.

Mr Pongthep was attending the summit in place of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sacked by the court for abuse of power, sparking demonstrations by rival camps in Bangkok that threaten street violence and a possible coup.

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