Army chief says military won't stage a coup

(BangkokPost.com) - Army chief Anupong Paochinda insisted Wednesday that the military was not planning a coup.

"Soldiers have repeated many times that we will not stage a coup," he said. "It is just a rumour...political problems must be solved through political means."

His statement came a day after a top general appeared in full uniform on the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD)'s stage.

Gen Pathompong Kasornsuk on Tuesday night criticised Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej for backing Phnom Penh's attempt for Preah Vihear temple to be listed as a World Heritage site.