Thailand announces its candidacy for a non-permanent membership in the UN Security Council for the term of 2017-2018; Thai PM to visit Burma to confirm bilateral cooperation; Malaysian PM attends Asem Summit in Brussels
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  • Thailand has formally announced its candidacy for the non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the term of 2017-2018. In his statement on this issue, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya stated that by becoming a part of the group, Thailand aspires to play a greater role in ensuring international peace and security. He further stated that Thailand is keen to join the international community in bridging the divides challenging to peace, security, prosperity, knowledge, and human dignity.1

    Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is scheduled to visit Burma on a one-day visit on October 11 this year to discuss preparation of the border negotiation, connectivity and bridge building. He will also discuss with Burmese officials regarding the progress made on the road building projects at Kho Khareng financed by the Thai government. Myanmar’s upcoming national election on November 9 and status of former opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, are also expected to become part of the discussion.2

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has arrived in Brussels on October 33 leading his country’s delegation to the 8th Asia-Europe (Asem) Summit to be held on October 4 and 5. This being the first visit by a Malaysian Prime Minister to the EU, is expected to usher in a new phase in greater cooperation between Malaysia and the EU. During the summit, the leaders from Asia and the European states are to discuss a wide range of topics, including global economic governance, sustainable development, sea piracy, counter-terrorism, organized crime and human rights, UN reform, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, etc.4