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Foreign Minister condemns Thai military coup

Published onsdag 20 september 2006 kl 12.59
Calm, so far on the streets of Bangkok

Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Elliasson has condemned the military coup in Thailand.

In a statement on Wedensday, the outgoing foreign minister condemned Thailand’s military leaders for perverting the course of democratic ruleand that he hopes the country is returned to democracy soon.

Meanwhile, the Swedish foreign office says it is watching the unfolding military coup in Thailand closely.

While it is not advising Swedes to cancel plans for travel, it is advising Swedish nationals in Bangkok to contact friends and family and let them know they are safe.

A foreign office spokesperson says that the relative calm in the streets of Bangkok and the lack of a threat to foreign nationals in the country is behind the caution.

Sweden’s embassy in Bangkok is advising those who intend to travel to Thailand over the next few days to keep themselves updated on developments and make sure that their contact details are known to relatives.

The Foreign Office has reported that many Swedes have contacted them since news of the military coup.

The Foreign Office is reminding the public however that its current recommendation against travel to the predominantly muslim provinces of Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani och Songkhla in troubled southern Thailand is still in effect.

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