U.S. condemns military coup in Thailand

U.S. condemns military coup in Thailand

The United States condemned on Wednesday the coup d’etat in Thailand
which ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and called for the
restoration of civilian rule in the country “as quickly as possible.”

“There’s no justification for a military coup in Thailand or
in any place else,” State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said at
a news briefing.

“We certainly are extremely disappointed by this action. It’s a step backward for democracy in Thailand.

“We want to see a resolution of this situation in accordance
with the rule of law and in accordance with democratic procedures – –
that certainly means the restoration of civilian rule in Thailand as
quickly as possible.”

Thailand’s army commander Sondhi Boonyaratkalin ousted Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a military coup Tuesday night while he
was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, circling his
offices with tanks, declaring martial law and revoking the
constitution.

Initial response to the coup from Washington was that Thailand should resolve political differences peacefully.

Thailand is a key U.S. military and diplomatic ally.

Source: Xinhua

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