ALBANY, Calif. (AP) -- Officials at the University of California, Berkeley say they have invited protesters occupying a patch of land owned by the university to join in a discussion in how to use the site, but only if they agree to clear out their encampment.

The university said in a statement Friday they will allow two representatives of the group to attend a meeting Saturday with students, faculty and city officials on how the property in nearby Albany should be used both for research and urban farming.

But in order to attend the meeting, the protesters must also agree to clear their encampment by 10 a.m. Saturday.

The university also says it will drop its lawsuit filed earlier this week against the protesters for the encampment if they leave peacefully and do not attempt to re-occupy the 10-acre site.

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