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Foreign Secretary calls for return to democracy in Thailand

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Following a military-led coup in Thailand today, the Foreign Secretary has called for calm and a return to democracy.

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After months of instability that have seen increased violence on the streets of Bangkok, there is still no government in Thailand and the military has taken control through the instigation of a coup.

The Foreign Secretary said:

I am extremely concerned by today’s coup. The UK urges the restoration of a civilian government that has been democratically elected, serves the interests of its people and fulfils its human rights obligations. We look therefore to the authorities to set out a quick clear timetable for elections to help re-establish the democratic framework of governance. There should never be recourse to violence: only by openly discussing the full range of issues can Thailand move forward and reach a more stable position.

We are monitoring the situation on the ground very carefully. British nationals in Thailand or thinking of travelling to Thailand should monitor the FCO’s travel advice, which will be continually updated as events develop.

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Published 22 May 2014