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Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had a much easier time at the Asean summit than her predecessor Abhisit Vejjajiva. Not a word was mentioned about the Thai-Cambodian border dispute. 

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The 19th Asean Summit began yesterday and Bangkok Post editor-in-chief Pichai Chuensuksawadi was there. Here is an excerpt from his story published this morning.

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All smiles as Yingluck makes her debut

Pichai Chuensuksawadi

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra talks with her Indonesian counterpart at the opening of the 19th Asean Summit in Bali. Photo by Jakarta Globe

BALI, INDONESIA : Compared to the bitter exchange of barbs over the Thai-Cambodian border dispute that overshadowed the 18th Asean Summit in May in Jakarta, the opening session of the leaders' summit here yesterday was a completely different story.

As Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra attended her first-ever Asean Summit, walking side by side at one stage with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, there were smiles all around, including from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

The contrast was striking. At the May summit, Hun Sen upset the Thai delegation when he attacked Thailand during his opening remarks at the plenary session. Abhisit Vejjajiva, then prime minister, responded.

Almost immediately after the leaders' meeting mediated by Mr Yudhoyono on the sidelines, the Thai and Cambodian prime ministers called press conferences to point the finger of blame at each other.

But at the opening session of the 19th Asean Summit yesterday, not a word was mentioned about the Thai-Cambodian border dispute. There was sympathy all around as Asean leaders welcomed their newest member, Ms Yingluck.

With her government still grappling with the devastation caused by severe floods, plus controversy over the planned draft decree for royal pardons, Ms Yingluck pushed for Asean support for greater cooperation in tackling flooding.

Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan said the prime minister urged her colleagues to support the Thai initiative for a joint statement on cooperation on flood prevention, mitigation, relief, recovery and rehabilitation.

"Everyone [Asean leaders] agreed with the Thai proposal as it is consistent with the spirit of cooperation among member countries experiencing natural disasters, especially after the tsunami of 2004," Mr Surin said.

The leaders agreed that disaster relief and assistance following natural disasters were crucial issues and they would be raised at the East Asia Summit as well as during Asean-Russian and Asean-US dialogue discussions.
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excerpt – a part of a longer story, speech, song, text, etc. บทคัดย่อ
debut – performing or being introduced to the public for the first time การเปิดตัว
bitter – involving very angry feelings ความขมขื่น
barb – something said that is intended to hurt someone’s feelings
border – the official line separating two areas, regions or countries  เขตแดน อาณาเขต
dispute – a serious disagreement การโต้เถียง, ความขัดแย้ง
overshadow – to cause someone or something to seem less important or less happy ทำให้ลดความสำคัญลง
summit – a meeting or a series of meetings between leaders of two or more countries การประชุมสุดยอด
session – a formal meeting การชุมนุม
counterpart – someone who has the same job or purpose as another person or thing, but in a different country, time, situation, or organisation  ผู้ที่ทำงานประเภทเดียวกัน; ผู้ที่อยู่ในตำแหน่งเสมอกัน
contrast – a noticeable difference ความแตกต่าง
striking – very noticeable เด่นชัด
upset – to cause to be very worried, angry or sad about something   ทำให้วิตกกังวล ทำให้หงุดหงิด
delegation – a group of people who represent the views of an organisation, a country, etc  คณะผู้แทน, คณะบุคคลที่เป็นตัวแทนของคนกลุ่มใหญ่
remarks – something said คำพูด
plenary meeting – a meeting that is intended for all the people in a particular group ประชุมใหญ่
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
mediate – to talk to two separate people or groups involved in a disagreement to try to help them to agree or find a solution to their problems ไกล่เกลี่ย
on the sidelines – outside of a event, i.e., not an actual part of the event
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
sympathy – a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant ความเห็นอกเห็นใจ
grapple – to try hard to find a solution to a problem ต่อสู้ดิ้นรนกับ
devastation – damage or destruction affecting a large area or a lot of people การทำลายล้าง, การทำให้เสียหายอย่างรุนแรง
severe – very serious and unpleasant รุนแรง
controversy – a strong disagreement, especially about a public policy or moral issue ความขัดแย้ง  ประเด็นข้อขัดแย้ง
draft – not in a final form and likely to be changed  ร่าง
decree – an official decision or order made by a leader or government พระราชกฤษฎีกา
pardon – an official decision to forgive someone for  committing a crime and to free them from punishment  การอภัยโทษ
cooperation – working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน
tackle – to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with a problem จัดการกับปัญหา
urge – to advise someone very strongly about what action or attitude they should take ผลักดัน, กระตุ้น
colleague – someone who works in the same organisation or department as you do เพื่อนร่วมงาน
initiative – a new action or movement, often intended to solve a problem ความคิดริเริ่ม
joint – done together; belonging to or shared between two or more people ที่ร่วมกัน, ความร่วมมือกัน
mitigation – a reduction in the harmful effects of something  การบรรเทา  การผ่อนคลาย
relief – help; assistance การช่วยให้พ้นภัย
recovery – the process of becoming normal and healthy again ฟื้นฟูสภาพ
rehabilitation – the process of returning someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living การทำให้กลับสู่สภาพเดิม, การทำให้กลับมาดีเหมือนเดิม
proposal – a plan or suggestion for a group to consider ข้อเสนอ
consistent with – containing statements or ideas that are similar or that have the same aim สอดคล้อง
natural disaster – an unexpected natural event, such as a very bad storm or flood that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage ความหายนะธรรมชาติทาง, ภัยพิบัติธรรมชาติทาง
crucial – extremely important because it effects the result of something สำคัญยิ่ง
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น

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