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Chuck Hagel urges Thailand to 'return to democracy'

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has called on Thailand to "return to democracy" during an Asia-Pacific security forum after the military took over control of the government in a coup.

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Ban Ki-moon 'seriously concerned' by Thailand coup

The Thai military took control of the government after martial law had been declared. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was "seriously concerned" by the military takeover in Thailand.

In a statement, Ban appealed "for a prompt return to constitutional, civilian, democratic rule and an all-inclusive dialogue that will pave the way for long-term peace and prosperity in Thailand."

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