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CONTRAS ARRIVE IN MANAGUA WITH NEW DEMANDS

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Contra rebels arrived in the capital for talks on disbanding, but they now demand the simultaneous demobilization of the army, whose officers they battled in the decade-old civil war.

President Violeta Barrio de Chamorro's government on Thursday immediately rejected the Contra's latest plan. U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar called the holdup in demobilization "a matter of grave concern."The talks between the government and the Contras were scheduled to begin Friday.

The Contras, who fought a U.S.-backed war against the previous leftist Sandinista government, had said they would disband by June 10. But a Contra spokesman indicated Thursday that rebels will not meet that deadline.

Aristides Sanchez, a Contra spokesman, implied Thursday that the rebels will not hand in their weapons to U.N. representatives by June 10, as they had pledged to do in an April 19 agreement.