The government is ready to join peaceful talks to end the political crisis, but any discussions must be in line with the constitution, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Friday.
That rules out the possibility of a live, one-on-one televised debate with protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, she said.
And while Ms Yingluck admitted she was no match for Mr Suthep as a debater, she mounted a spirited defence of the stand she has taken. She said she was "ready to die ... to protect democracy" if need be.
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