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LEFTIST REBELS REJECT PLAN FOR EL SALVADOR CEASE-FIRE

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The Salvadoran government proposed an immediate cease-fire in its decade-old war with leftist rebels during peace talks in Costa Rica, but the rebels ridiculed the proposal as "absurd."

Negotiators for President Alfredo Cristiani of El Salvador and for the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front began two days of peace talks Monday on the grounds of a Catholic convent on the outskirts of San Jose.The two delegations met late into the night Monday and were to resume discussions Tuesday.

Both sides said the first day of peace talks was positive, but the rebels' apparent rejection of the government proposal made it unlikely there would be a swift end to the 10-year-old war that has claimed over 70,000 lives.