FIATA President Jean-Claude Delen wishes to inform our members as follows on the situation of the FIATA World Congress 2010 to be held on 4 - 8 October, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand:
The ocurrences during the past weeks in Bangkok - with much distress and sorrow for the local population - has induced the FIATA Presidency to carry out an appraisal of the situation regarding the carrying out of our World Congress 2010. We have established many internal and external contacts to elaborate an extensive basis for an evaluation of the situation. It goes without saying that the safety and security of the participants at our event has been considered as a top priority. But also FIATA's position as a totally neutral political NGO has been part of the decision finding.
After receipt of all statements and the recent positive developments in Bangkok the FIATA Presidency has now decided to continue with the preparation for the congress 2010 in Bangkok as foreseen. We are confident that the local problems will now be tackled and solved in a democratic and peaceful manner, which will ease the return to a normal situation. This decision is also supported by our Association member TIFFA who have worked so hard over the last couple of years to make this congress a great success. Obviously also in future the situation in Bangkok will carefully be examined to take the necessary steps if required.
We are convinced that our members will share this decision and will now start to register for the congress so that we reach the expected high number of participants. As a further concession it has also been decided to extend the deadline for Early Bird registration from 30 June to 31 July, 2010.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Bangkok, I remain,
President of FIATA
25 May 2010