EU Condemns Thai Military Coup, Demands Return of Democratic Government

EU Condemns Thai Military Coup,

Demands Return of Democratic Government

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

HELSINKI, Finland  —  The European Union on Wednesday condemned the coup in Thailand and demanded a return to a “democratically elected government.”

“The presidency of the EU
condemns the take over of power from the democratic government of
Thailand by the Thai military forces,” the EU said in a statement
issued by Finland, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the
25-member bloc.

“(The EU) demands that the
military forces stand back and give way to the democratically elected
political government,” said the brief statement issued early Wednesday. Reporter’s Notebook: Thai Crisis

The statement came after a bloodless coup in Thailand where the military leader who ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
said the move was necessary to heal mounting rifts in Thai society and
stop the erosion of democratic institutions under Thaksin.

In the country’s first coup in 15 years, Army Chief Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratklin
led a rapid, well-orchestrated overthrow while Thaksin was in New York.
Not a shot was fired during the night operation, which started late

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