Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has agreed to talk face-to-face with anti-government protesters.
The demonstrators had threatened to storm an army base, where the PM has 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 announcement of talks came just two hours after the Prime Minister himself went on television to say he would not bow to their pressure.
An official from his office read a statement on air that Abhisit had agreed to negotiate, if the crowd moved away from his temporary headquarters.
More than a dozen small explosions have hit government targets in recent weeks.
At least five people were wounded, after grenade attacks on two television stations on Saturday evening.
The “Red Shirts” believe Abhisit came to power illegitimately.
His regime was voted in by parliament, after elections in 2007 brought Thaksin’s allies to power.