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UN chief regrets Asia summit postponement

UNITED Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he deeply regretted today's cancellation of a summit of Asian leaders in Thailand.

"I deeply regret the postponement," Ban said in a statement. "I understand the circumstances that led the Thai Government to take this difficult decision,"

The summit, led by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was cancelled after Thai anti-government protesters breached security and swarmed into the media center at the hotel complex where it was being held.

"I hope for an early restoration of normalcy in Thailand and for the settlement of differences through dialogue and peaceful means," Ban's statement said.

The East Asia Summit brings together the 10 ASEAN members and China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand for discussions about trade, economic issues and regional security.

ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


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