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BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) will delay signing an agreement on closer economic and political ties with Thailand and demands a swift return to democracy following the country's military coup, according to a draft document seen by Reuters early Thursday. 

Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha seized power in May, vowing to restore order and push through reforms following six months of political turmoil.

"Official visits to and from Thailand have been suspended; the EU and its member states will not sign the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Thailand, until a democratically elected government is in place," said the draft, drawn up for adoption by the bloc's foreign ministers next Monday.

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