In a major u-turn, Thailand’s Prime Minister has agreed to face-to-face talks with anti-government protesters.
The meeting came just hours after Abhisit Vejjajiva went on television to say he would not bow to their pressure.
It is still not clear what proposals, if any, he is making to his opponents.
The demonstrators had threatened to storm an army base where the prime minister had been staying since protests began earlier this month.
The so-called “Red Shirts”, most of whom back the former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, want Abhisit to dissolve Parliament and call fresh elections.
The “Red Shirts” believe Abhisit came to power illegitimately in a vote in parliament in 2008.
More than a dozen small explosions have hit government targets in recent weeks.