Surapong: Political conflict could cost Thailand a seat in UNSC

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BANGKOK, 13 December 2013 Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul is worried that the current political situation will cost Thailand a non-permanent member seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). 

According to Minister Surapong, who has recently been assigned by the Prime Minister to oversee the Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), reveals that the ongoing political conflict between the Thai government and the demonstrators could sabotage Thailand’s chance to become a member of the UNSC as the international community has now become less confident in Thailand.

In order to regain confidence in the country, Mr. Surapong has summoned 9 ASEAN envoys to explain the current situation. He revealed after the meeting that the foreign diplomats understood what was going on and acknowledged that the government had been handling the situation well.

He however admitted that some projects between Thailand and its neighboring countries would have to be postponed or suspended following the dissolution of parliament.