Statement on the passing of Dr Surin Pitsuwan, founding Chairperson of CALD | ALDE Party

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ALDE Party press release

It is with profound shock and sadness that we learned this morning of the untimely passing of Dr Surin Pitsuwan, the founding Chairperson of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD).

He was instrumental in establishing the network of liberal parties in Asia and served with honour for many years as a member of Parliament for the Democratic Party of Thailand, then as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, and then as Secretary General of ASEAN.

ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen, on behalf of the European Liberal Democrats, has written to Khun Abhisit Vejjajiva, Chair of CALD and leader of the Democrat Party, Thailand to express our deepest sympathies and full support in these difficult times.

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