The Islamic Salvation Army called for a truce in a communique received here today, asking its forces waging an insurgency in Algeria to lay down their arms in one week.
The communique, signed by the top commander of the Islamic Salvation Army, Madani Mezerag, denounced the "abominable massacres" blamed on its more radical rival, the Armed Islamic Group.
The two-page communique was dated Sunday, two days before a massacre on the outskirts of Algiers in which up to 200 people were killed and 100 were wounded. The communique was received by the Paris bureau of the Associated Press.
The Islamic Salvation Army is the armed wing of the banned Islamic Salvation Front, once the most popular political party in Algeria but now second in notoriety to the Armed Islamic Group.