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Thailand to push haze problem at ASEAN Summit agenda

BANGKOK, March 30 — Thailand will raise haze in its northern region and its neighboring countries as an agenda concern for leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

It wants the haze problem to be tackled at the 20th ASEAN Summit in Cambodia next week, according to Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul.

Cambodia, whose chairmanship was handed over from Indonesia last year, is for the first time hosting the ASEAN summit and related meetings from today through Wednesday (March 30-April 4).

The summit marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of the regional bloc.

Surapong said that during the leaders meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will raise the issue at the summit.

Some countries, including the Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Indonesia, support Thailand's initiative and the ASEAN leaders may issue a joint statement for cooperation to solve the haze problem, an annual occurrence. (PNA/TNA)

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