SEOGWIPO, SOUTH KOREA - The Asian summit shut down by protesters in April will be held from October 23-25 on the Thai resort island of Phuket, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said here Tuesday.
Abhisit announced the dates during a joint news conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak at the end of a summit between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the southern island of Jeju.
Thailand currently holds ASEAN's revolving chair. Thousands of supporters of ousted former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra stormed the April summit in Thailand's resort town of Pattaya, forcing the event to be halted.
Visiting leaders had to be evacuated - some by helicopter from the roof of the hotel venue.
The summit was meant to host the 10-nation ASEAN plus its dialogue partners China, Japan and South Korea, and a wider grouping including Australia, India and New Zealand.
Abhisit has admitted that security measures were too lax at the meeting in Pattaya, east of Bangkok, where hundreds of security forces did little to halt the rampaging demonstrators.
As ASEAN chair, Thailand will also host the ASEAN Regional Forum on security issues in July that will gather the foreign ministers of the European Union and 26 countries, including the United States, Russia, China and North Korea.
ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. -AFP