UPDATE 4-Turkey's Erdogan meets opponents to try to end protests

Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:03pm EDT
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* Erdogan gives protesters "final" warning

* Ruling party offers referendum on plans for Gezi Park

* Protesters party on Taksim Square overnight

* Unrest sparked by crackdown on peaceful demonstration

By Nick Tattersall and Jonathon Burch

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 13 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan met members of a group opposed to the redevelopment of an Istanbul park on Thursday in what appeared to be a final bid to end two weeks of anti-government protests through negotiation.

Erdogan met the delegation, mostly made up of actors and artists but also including two members of the umbrella protest group Taksim Solidarity, hours after saying his patience had run out and warning those occupying Gezi Park to leave.

"Our patience is at an end. I am making my warning for the last time. I say to the mothers and fathers please take your children in hand and bring them out ... Gezi Park does not belong to occupying forces but to the people," he said.

It was unclear what triggered the apparent change of heart.   Continued...