More than a year after the Sep 19, 2006 coup d'etat in Thailand, the country is slowly picking up the pieces and is taking the long road back to democracy to heart. For former Thai foreign minister and incoming ASEAN secretary general Surin Pitsuwan, the nation is "learning from its experiences and will manage" the difficult days ahead.
While criticism continues to pour in about the death of democracy in Thailand five months after a military government took power in September 2006, former Thai foreign minister Surin Pitsuwan says the country is on its way back to recovery after a "corrective coup".
"The current government administration has caused conflicts and undermined the harmony of the people as never before in history. Each side is determined to win by any means, and discord has shown a tendency to escalate.
Many people have been suspicious about the actions of the national administration under a constitutional monarchy.
The nation has been governed in a corrupt manner. Independent agencies have been dominated by politics. The constitutional intention is unserved.
This has led to political activities becoming problem-plagued on many fronts and the siutation had worsened to the point where violations against His Majesty the King are in danger of occurring. This is despite efforts by many sections of society to resolve the problem. The efforts have been pacified the growing tension, however. For this reason, the Democratic Reform Council with the monarch as its head, with comprises the armed forces leaders and chief of the Royal Thai Police office, has found it imperative to seize the power of government from this point onward. The council is steadfast in its objective, which is not to take over the government permanently and it will return power to the people as soon as possible.
The council is committed to preserving peace and security and to upholding the monarchy.
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