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SALVADORAN SAYS ACCORD STRIPS REBELS OF LEGITIMACY

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President Alfredo Cristiani says the latest Central American accord strips the leftist rebels of any legitimacy and if they don't disband "the army will deal with them."

The five Central American presidents on Tuesday demanded the dismantling of both the leftist Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front in El Salvador and the U.S.-backed Contras fighting in Nicaragua.The two-day summit in San Jose, Costa Rica, was the first to focus on El Salvador, and it renewed a call for the dissolution of the Contras.

The joint condemnation of both insurgencies was viewed as a victory for rightist Cristiani as well as Nicaragua's leftist President Daniel Ortega, but it was also clouded by skepticism and suspicion.

"I do not trust Daniel Ortega," said Cristiani.

Neither of the rebel armies was represented at the summit and neither has agreed to be disbanded.

"This continues to be the problem with all Central American accords," said Luis Sanchez Sancho of the National Opposition Union, a coalition that opposes Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government in elections set for Feb. 25.

Cristiani said the five presidents had a position paper from the Salvadoran rebels.

"Two of the presidents laughed. Others read it with dismay," he said. "The impression was that it was too much gall on the part of the FMLN, after what they have done, to continue trying to look like Robin Hood."