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EU suspends partnership with Thailand

The European Union has suspended official visits to and from Thailand as well as the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Thailand, highlighting its call for the immediate restoration of the legitimate democratic process and the Constitution.

Other agreements will, as appropriate, be affected. EU Member States have already begun to review their military cooperation with Thailand.

In a statement following its meeting today in Luxembourg, the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council said that the suspension would stay until a democratically elected government is in place.

Other agreements will, as appropriate, be affected. EU Member States have already begun to review their military cooperation with Thailand.

"Only an early and credible roadmap for a return to constitutional rule and the holding of credible and inclusive elections will allow for the EU’s continued support. The Council decided that the EU will keep its relations with Thailand under review and will consider further possible measures, depending on circumstances," it said in the statement.

EU called on Thailand’s military junta to urgently restore the legitimate democratic process and the Constitution, through credible and inclusive elections.

It also called on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint. Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms must be upheld. Furthermore the Council urged military authorities to free all political detainees, to refrain from any further arrests for political reasons and to remove censorship.

"The European Union and Thailand are bound together by strong and longstanding ties, ranging from trade, tourism, investments and culture, to people to people contacts. It was therefore with extreme concern that the Council has followed recent developments in Thailand," it said in the statement.

It conconcluded that the military leadership’s recent announcement falls short of the credible roadmap for a return to constitutional rule which the situation requires.

"Fully functioning democratic institutions must be brought back to ensure the protection and welfare of all citizens."




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