“Regarding the latest situation, we can tell exactly only after we hold a meeting with the Asean nations,” Ye Htut, a spokesman for President Thein Sein, told The Irrawaddy in a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon, adding that he did not know when the next meeting would be scheduled.
He said the 24th Asean Summit in Myanmar earlier this month “covered all the matters of Thailand’s political situation, with recommendations for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in accordance with the rule of law.”
The chief of Thailand’s army announced in a televised broadcast on Thursday afternoon that the military was taking control of the country’s administration to restore stability following six months of political deadlock. The announcement came after martial law was declared on Tuesday.
In Myanmar, Ye Htut, who is also deputy minister of information, defended the Thai military’s decision to stop normal programming of all radio and television stations after the coup.
“In any country, if there’s an emergency situation, there are always limitations on civil rights,” he told The Irrawaddy. “During World War II, the United States detained Japanese and censored letters. In Thailand, as far as I know, the Thai army has only restricted media that have incited riots and conflicts.”