Thailand has joined eight other Asian countries in approving the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) Charter, a constitution establishing ASEAN as an international legal entity. The Thai Senate ratified the ASEAN charter in mid-September, sending the document to the King of Thailand for his signature.
Thailand is the ninth of the ten ASEAN states to ratify the charter. News reports indicate that the last remaining state, Indonesia, will likely follow suit next week. For the charter to become legally binding all ten states must ratify it before the next ASEAN summit in December 2008.
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