SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ National Police said they defused a small bomb Monday in the garden of a Roman Catholic cathedral that has been suggested by President Jose Napoleon Duarte as a site for peace talks with leftist guerrillas.

Police said a caller told authorities of the bomb at the cathedral in San Miguel, 86 miles east of the capital.

Duarte last week suggested the San Miguel Cathedral as a possible site for talks with leftist rebels of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. The U.S.-backed Salvadoran army and guerrillas have been waging a civil war for more than six years.

More than 61,000 people, many of them civilians, have been killed in the fighting.

Duarte proposed a third round of peace talks on June 1, but since then the two sides have failed to reach agreement on a date or location. Two rounds of talks held in 1984 failed to produce any results.