Privy Councillor Surayud Chulanont Thursday distanced himself from the controversial audio clip featuring an alleged conversation between ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Deputy Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa.
The two men in the clip discussed how to get the military's support for the amnesty to aid Thaksin's return from exile.
Gen Surayud was mentioned in the clip in relation to a military drill in a Thai-Myanmar border area, and drug suppression operations along the border area when he was army chief during the Thaksin administration.
Gen Surayud said the topics discussed in the clip were old stories which happened when he was still a serviceman.
"It's something I've already forgot about. I don't want to talk about it again. Please don't bring it up," he said.
Asked if the audio clip had affected his relationship with armed forces leaders, Gen Surayud said he had not studied the recording's contents yet.
"Anyway, I think everyone is a grown-up and know what they should do for the sake of the public interest as well as their own interest," he said.
Gen Surayud declined to comment over Thaksin's alleged attempts to secure an amnesty.
Gen Surayud said he had no information about the suggestion on the clip that Thaksin be appointed as an adviser to the Crown Property Bureau to ensure he would stay away from politics.
He said he had not met or spoken with Thaksin recently.
"But as acquaintances and alumni of the same pre-cadet school, we still have a good relationship with one another. I have no message for him because I think everyone knows what he has to do," he said.
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