Statement by Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Coup d'Etat in Thailand

September 20, 2006

  1. It is regrettable that "Council for Democratic Administration Reform," headed by Army Commander in Chief General Sonthi Boonyaratglin, forcibly seized control of the governing functions of Thailand yesterday. The Government of Japan is paying close attention with serious concern to the development of the situation.
  2. Japan strongly hopes to see the situation normalized and the democratic political system restored promptly.
  3. While the Government of Japan has so far not confirmed any casualties among Japanese in Thailand, it has been paying closest attention to their safety and has cautioned Japanese nationals living in Thailand through its Embassy.

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