Australian PM expresses disappointment about Thai coup

Australian PM expresses disappointment about Thai coup

Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Wednesday said he is disappointed about the military coup in Thailand.

The Thai army earlier on Wednesday claimed to have taken
control of the government headquarters and announced it would set up a
commission to reform the constitution.

Howard is in Cairns, Queensland, to attend the expanded
meeting of the Cairns Group of agricultural trading nations aimed at
rescuing the suspended world trade talks.

He said he wants democracy to be restored in Thailand.

“I am, of course, very disappointed about the coup in Thailand, “he said.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile said the government was “gravely concerned” by the situation.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer also said the Australian government is deeply concerned about the coup.

“We urge the return to democratic rule and a constitutionally-
based government as soon as possible to ensure that Thailand regains
its place as a leading democratic nation in the region. We stress the
importance of democratic elections taking place as soon as possible,”
he said in a statement.

“We also urge all parties to act peacefully, with restraint
and with respect for the safety and security of all in Thailand,” he
said.

Source: Xinhua

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