The Thai government has offered to meet with anti-government protesters in a move to end a political stalemate that has prompted mass demonstrations in the capital, fficials said.
"All parties agreed with the process of using the role of senators or the National Human Rights Commission as facilitator in arranging for (a) dialogue with representatives of the demonstrator," Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said in a government statement.
However, Nattawut Saikua, one of the leaders of the "red shirt" protesters, said the group will only talk with Abhisit himself, not any other representatives.
For more than a week, protests have taken over the streets of Bangkok as demonstrators have demanded new elections.
The "red shirts" - so named for their clothing - have said they are collecting 1,000 liters of their own blood every day to splatter on various official buildings.
The gesture is the latest move by the anti-government United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship, or UDD, to force Abhisit to dissolve parliament and call new elections.
Another representative of the "red shirt" group, Weng Tojirakarn, said the protesters are ready to disperse as soon as the government dissolves the lower house. Demonstrators will only talk with Abhisit, he said, but might speak with anyone authorized by him. The group wants to talk with a person who can make a decision, not a messenger, Tojirakarn said.
On Wednesday, protesters broke through a heavy police cordon and splattered blood on the gates of Abhisit's residence. Abhisit, who was staying at the army's 11th Infantry headquarters, was out of the capital, visiting drought-hit areas of Thailand at the time of the attack.
Abhisit repeatedly has said that he will listen to the protesters, but will not accede to their demands.
The anti-government demonstrations began March 12. Two days later, tens of thousands of protesters had poured into the center of Bangkok.
The rallies have been largely peaceful. Abhisit has said his government will not use force to quell the protests.
The protesters are supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006. Thaksin was the only Thai prime minister to serve a full term and remains hugely popular.
He fled the country in 2008 while facing trial on corruption charges that he says were politically motivated.
The protesters say Abhisit was not democratically elected and have demanded that he call elections.
Since Thaksin's ouster, Thailand has endured widespread political unrest that has pitted Thaksin loyalists against Abhisit supporters. Two people were killed and at least 135 wounded in riots in April when protesters clashed with demonstrators supporting the government.