UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that military coup should not be a practice to be encouraged, referring to what happened in Thailand on the same day.
The United Nations always supports government changes through democratic means, through the ballot box, Annan claimed when interviewed by CNN.
"As the African Union, for example, has indicated, they do not support those who come to power through the barrel of a gun," said the secretary-general, adding "I don't know the details, but this is not a practice to be encouraged."
Meanwhile, he called on the people of Thailand to remain calm.
"Over the past decade or so, they have established a solid democracy and institutions under the leadership of the King," Annan said. "I'm sure they will be able to restore that institution and go back to a democratic system as soon as possible. "
A swift coup d'etat in Bangkok Tuesday night has ousted Thai caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra while the premier is in New York to attend the general debate of the UN General Assembly.