Thailand’s Prime Minister has said he’s willing to call elections before the end of his current term, but has insisted he will not meet the deadline demanded by red shirted demonstrators.
The refusal by premier Abhisit Vejjajiva to relinquish power came during a second round of televised talks with leaders of anti-government protests.
The debates had been held to ease growing fears the crisis could lead to clashes between the red shirts and security forces
The offer by Vejjajiva is unlikely to be seen by as a compromise and break the political deadlock.
Thousands of red-shirted protesters, who broadly support former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, still remain incamped in the Thai capital Bangkok.
They have vowed to sustain their rallies until Vejjajiva dissolves parliament and holds a snap election.
The embattled premier, who’s been holed up in a military base on the outskirts of Bangkok for two weeks, insists Thailand is currently too politically divided to go to the polls.