ROSEMEAD, Calif.— Twenty-three banks have agreed to refrain from accelerating collection or seeking any other remedy through Feb. 13 regarding overdue debt of Southern California Edison Co., a unit of Edison International.

During the payment suspension period, so long as the Edison unit does not seek bankruptcy protection, which it says it does not plan to do, the utility will continue to accrue interest on payments, said Ted Craver, chief financial officer of Edison International, in a conference call Tuesday.

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