The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) has called for the release of detained Burmese opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Thailand currently holds the ASEAN rotating chair and Thai prime minister Abhisit has already expressed concern about the welfare of Aung San Suu Kyi. Senior ASEAN officials meeting today in Phuket are expected to discuss the issue.
In the past, Thai governments have been reluctant to criticize Burma and its military leadership. Thailand currently imports around 30% of its natural gas supplies from neighbouring Burma with natural gas providing most of Thailand’s electricity. This reliance on Burmese energy supplies looks set to change in the near future with Thailand previously declaring its intention to look for cheaper imported liquid natural gas from the Middle East, Australia or Indonesia.