EU suspends official visits with Thailand

EU states 'reviewing military cooperation' with Asian state after military seized power.

EU suspends official visits with Thailand

Worlde Bulletin / News Desk

European Union foreign ministers have decided to suspend official visits to and from Thailand until a democratically elected government is in place.

The EU Council took the decision during a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, a month after the military took power in the Asian state.

Members announced the EU and its member states would not sign a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Thailand, in reaction to the May 22 military takeover, adding: "Other agreements will, as appropriate, be affected."

The council also called on the military leadership to urgently restore a legitimate democratic process and constitution in the country through credible and inclusive elections.

It said in a statement: "Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms must be upheld.

"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," the statement said.

EU member states have already begun reviewing their military cooperation with Thailand, according to the statement.

The council also warned the military government to free all political detainees, refrain from any further arrests for political reasons and to remove censorship.

It said: "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."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Haziran 2014, 17:10