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Government Says No Decision on Negotiating

September 25, 1985

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ The government has not decided whether to negotiate with kidnappers who demand the release of 34 jailed rebels in exchange for President Jose Napoleon Duarte’s daughter, sources close to the case said Wednesday.

There was no word about further contact between the government and the abductors of Ines Guadalupe Duarte Duran, 35, who was kidnapped Sept. 10 along with a friend as they arrived at a private university for classes.

Mrs. Duarte Duran, 35, eldest the president’s six children, was abducted with Cecelia Villeda Sosa, 23, by gunmen who killed one bodyguard and seriously wounded another.

Several sources said Tuesday that the kidnappers had demanded a reply by 2 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT) Wednesday to their conditions for release of the two women, but did not say whether anything would happen if the demand was not met.

A Salvadoran source who spoke on condition of anonymity denied that any ultimatum was involved. He said he was unaware of a specific deadline and would not answer questions about contact with the kidnappers.

Sources told The Associated Press that only 22 of the 34 rebels involved are known to be in custody.

The government is making no statements about the case and would not officially confirm or deny the reports, which came from sources who have been reliable in the past.

The case is being handled by a three-member commission appointed by the president.

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