Turkey protests: Turkish PM meets with protesters

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he's asked a small delegation of protesters to convince hundreds of others occupying an Istanbul park to withdraw, hopefully within hours.

Turkish activists leading a sit-in were considering a promise Friday by Erdogan to let the courts - and a potential referendum - decide the fate of an Istanbul park development project that has sparked Turkey's biggest protests in decades. The pledge was made during last-ditch negotiations after Erdogan had issued what he called a "final warning" to protesters.

Erdogan told party members that the protesters in the park had "stayed long enough."

Erdogan said he had told the protest representatives: "Go and speak to them ... Don't let us be forced into reverting to different measures."