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State Foreign Secretary Masahiko Komura will visit Bangkok from Saturday to April 14 to participate in talks to help bring a fair and free election in Cambodia, Foreign Ministry officials said.

Komura will attend a meeting on Sunday among three ASEAN countries — Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia — and industrialized nations that have been involved in the Cambodian peace process, including Japan and France, the officials said.

They will discuss how the international community can help ensure that the general election scheduled for July will be carried out in a fair and free manner, they said. Meanwhile, Komura will attend a ministerial meeting of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations which will be held on April 20 in Bangkok.

One of the main agendas of the meeting will be to exchange views on the impact of the Asian financial crisis on poor people in effected countries, the ministry officials said.

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