Foreign ministers of the 28 European Union (EU) member countries have criticised the Thai army for staging a coup one month ago and agreed to impose sanction measures on the military government of the Southeast Asian country.

According to a statement released following their meeting in Luxembourg on June 23, they decided to suspend all official visits to and from the country as well as the signing of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Bangkok .

Expressing "extreme concern" at developments, the ministers called on the military leadership to “restore, as a matter of urgency, the legitimate democratic process and the Constitution, through credible and inclusive elections.”

“Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms must be upheld,” said the statement.

The bloc also decided that the EU will keep its relations with Thailand under review and will consider “further possible measures,” depending on circumstances.

“Only an early and credible roadmap for a return to constitutional rule and the holding of credible and inclusive elections will allow the EU's continued support,” the statement concluded.

Earlier, the US and its European allies also expressed concern at political developments in Thailand .

Washington has also cancelled a series of cooperation programmes with the country, including a training programmee for Thai Royal Police and defence exchanges between the two countries.

Meanwhile, a poll announced on June 22 showed that most of Thai people support the Thai military government.

The “Suan Dusit Poll” conducted from June 17-21 stated that 8.82 out of 10 interviewed people support the management of the Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) over the last one month.

At the same time, 72.79 percent of the 1,614 people involving in the poll nationwide said peace has been restored and disputes were settled since the NCPO held power.-VNA