“Since our last meeting with Suleiman, we have not met with him or anyone else from the government in either an official or nonofficial manner,” said Mohammed Mursi, a Brotherhood leader.
Mr. Suleiman indicated the government plans to push ahead with its own reform program even without negotiations, a move likely to do nothing to ease protests. On Tuesday, Mr. Suleiman announced a panel of top judges and legal experts would recommend amendments to the constitution by the end of the month, which would then be put to a referendum.
But the panel is dominated by Mubarak loyalists, and previous referendums on amendments drawn up by the regime have been marred by vote rigging to push them through.
The head of the panel, Serry Siam, top judge on the country’s highest appellate court, “represents the old regime along with its ideology and legislation, which restrict rights and freedom,” said Nasser Amin, director of the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession, an independent organization that works for judicial neutrality.
In one concession made in the newspaper interview, Mr. Suleiman said Mr. Mubarak was willing to have international supervision of the September elections, a longtime demand by reformers that officials long have rejected.
Associated Press writers Hadeel al-Shalchi, Hamza Hendawi, Paul Schemm, Maggie Hyde and Maamoun Youssef contributed to this report.