Algerian Militants Promote Peace Plan

<i> Associated Press</i>

One of Algeria’s militant groups urged other, more radical, groups Saturday to join in a truce and proposed a peace plan that included amnesty for rebels.

The call for a truce by the Islamic Salvation Front, or FIS, is an attempt to isolate its rival, the radical Armed Islamic Group, or GIA, which on Friday claimed responsibility for massacres and threatened France and the U.N.

“No one sincerely attached to religion and the homeland should ignore this call,” the FIS said in a statement Saturday. It called on all groups to “announce a truce, even unilaterally.”

On Wednesday, the Islamic Salvation Army--the military wing of the FIS--published a call for insurgents to lay down arms Oct. 1, an unprecedented move.