The military still wants all parties involved in the current political conflict to talk to each other, and prevent violence, Royal Thai Air force Commander-in-Chief ACM Prajin Juntong said in an exclusive interview with Nation Multimedia Group editor in chief Thepchai Yong.
He said the Songkran festival could be a good timing for the negotiations.
The military does not rule out staging a coup because it does not know if the political crisis facing the country will end peacefully as it wishes, Prajin said.
"The military has to be pessimistic and prepare for unfortunate eventualities. We have selected several options for action in light of events that could affect national security," he said.
Prajin, who will retire in six months, made the remark in response to Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha's stance against ruling out a military coup.
He said the Armed Forces were united over their stance and would act together in the same direction. He was confident that none of the military forces had the intention of staging a coup because they had learnt their lesson [from the past], understood the country's circumstances and world attitudes in regard to democracy. "We do not want Thais or the world community to look down on us as being ignorant about the context of democracy in the modern world," he said.
GesprĂ¤che wird es schon deshalb nicht geben weil Thaksin nicht bereit ist seine Machtposition
Dies kann nur durch schnelle Gerichtsentscheidungen oder eben durch Gewalt geschehen.
Darauf lĂ¤sst Thaksin es ankommen weil er sich dann international wieder als politisches Opfer
"We have to monitor the present political situation and evaluate. Actually we want to ask the public and the civic sector: what do they want the military to do? We have carried out our security duties as we are ordered. We have to abide by several laws," he said.
Prajin said it was time leaders of rival political camps negotiated because the prolonged political struggle had greatly affected the country, economically, socially and politically. "Conflicts will rise if there are no talks. No negotiation means using arms to fight in order to win. If we do not want to see losses, we have to talk," he said, pointing to the casualties that occurred in 2009 and 2010 from clashes.
"Songkran is a good time for every party to talk and find solutions," he said, though he admitted it is possible that political temperatures would rise in April as independent agencies finalise their checks against the government.
Weise Worte die leider niemand hĂ¶ren will.
Am wenigsten das Thaksin Regime.
Eine Volksabstimmung ob das MilitĂ¤r dieses Regime endlich beseitigen soll
hĂ¤tte natĂĽrlich etwas fĂĽr sich.
Man kann Thaksin nur schlagen wenn man ihm die Geld- und Kreditquellen sperren wĂĽrde.
Nur sowas ist heutzutage leider illusorisch.