The Scottish Liberal Democrats have rejected a plea from the Greens to enter into talks on a future SNP governing coalition of Scotland.
Nicol Stephen's party had come under pressure to meet with the Greens on Thursday to discuss the possibility of a rainbow coalition.
The plan was that it would involve the SNP, Lib Dems and the two Green MSPs.
But a spokeswoman for the Lib Dems said that they were "politely declining" the offer.
It is the second time that Labour's former coalition partner has publicly said it would not enter into coalition talks.
The SNP faces going into minority government if the Lib Dems do not enter coalition for the third time at Holyrood.
The election result last week saw the SNP win 47 seats, Labour came second with 46, the Tories were next with 17, the Lib Dems won 16, the Greens two and Margo MacDonald was returned as an Independent.