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Ban calls for return to civilian order

Appealing for "a prompt return to civilian order" in Thailand, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed serious concern about the military takeover in the country today and urged all parties to respect human rights and refrain from violence.

"The Secretary-General is seriously concerned by the military takeover in Thailand," said a statement issued by a UN spokesperson in New York - the

second one pertaining to the country in the past 72 hours.

The Thai military seized control on Thursday following months of unrest and widespread protests in Bangkok and elsewhere.

"He appeals for a prompt return to constitutional, civilian, democratic rule and an all-inclusive dialogue that will pave the way for long-term peace and prosperity in Thailand," said today's statement, which added that the UN chief urged all parties to work together constructively, refrain from violence and respect human rights.


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