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Foreign minister announces new negotiations with rebels

November 21, 1985

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ El Salvador’s vice president and foreign minister announced during a private visit here that his government will conduct new negotiations with rebels who have been fighting a civil war for six years.

Rodolfo Castillo said in a news conference Tuesday, ″There will be a meeting with rebels in the coming days in Europe.″

He indicated the date and place for the negotiations were not yet fixed, but he said it would probably not be held in Spain.

Castillo said he favored ″private meetings, although not secret″ with the guerrillas.

He indicated that his country’s president, Jose Napoleon Duarte, will not preside at the meetings.

Castillo said he did not expect ″spectacular results″ although he said the meetings would open a line of dialogue with the rebels.

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