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Taiwan's Thailand rep office stays on high alert

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's representative office is closely monitoring the latest situation in Thailand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday, after Thailand's army declared the implementation of martial law earlier the same day in an move to keep the country stable after months of political unrest.

"We are keeping close tabs on the situation in Thailand," said MOFA spokesperson Anna Kao (高安).

The office has activated emergency response measures in the wake of the martial law announcement and will take all necessary responsive measures to protect Taiwan nationals when needed.

So far, no Taiwanese nationals have been affected by the announcement, Kao said, but she urged anyone visiting or residing in Thailand to be on the alert.

Currently, the travel warning for Thailand is set to yellow, according to MOFA.

Under MOFA's four-color-coded travel advisory system, a "yellow" alert is the third highest warning level. It urges people to reconsider traveling to the destination and to be aware of their safety while there.

Thailand's Army declared martial law before dawn on Tuesday and said the move was aimed at keeping the country stable after six months of political unrest. The military, however, denied that a coup was underway.

The announcement comes one day after the Southeast Asian country's caretaker prime minister refused to step down and follows six months of anti-government demonstrations that have failed in their attempts to oust the government.

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