PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- Kosovo's rebel spokesman announced Tuesday that the ethnic Albanian rebels will attend peace talks in France this week aimed at ending the bloody 11-month conflict.

The announcement by KLA spokesman Jakup Krasniqi focuses international pressure on the hard-line Yugoslav government, which still has not confirmed whether it will send delegates to the talks. The Serb parliament is to decide on Thursday."We have some objections to the proposed document, but we are certainly ready to go," Krasniqi said in a statement.

The rebel spokesman said the Kosovo Liberation Army will name negotiators on Wednesday to the team that will attend the talks Saturday outside Paris.

The KLA representatives will demand that Kosovo, presently a part of Serbia, become an international protectorate for a three-year period while negotiators work out a final status for the region. They also want any decision on Kosovo's future to be put to a referendum by the "people of Kosovo."

The rebel group's participation was uncertain after another KLA spokesman, Adem Demaci, said he would recommend against sending delegates to the talks. More moderate Kosovo Albanian political leaders have already said they would attend.

In Washington, meanwhile, the Clinton administration was discussing with Congress the possible use of thousands of American ground troops to monitor any peace settlement in Kosovo.

Even before negotiations begin on the future of the Serbian province, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Defense Secretary William Cohen and President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, all have begun preliminary talks on Capitol Hill.

They have left the impression the administration is determined to have U.S. troops play a peacekeeping role, but publicly and privately administration officials say no decision has been made.