Foreign News: Dusty Answer

The Algerian rebels last week answered Charles de Gaulle's proposal for cease-fire talks (TIME, Nov. 23) with a yes that was meant to be taken as no.

Summoning newsmen to a dingy press office on Tunis' Rue des Entrepreneurs, Rebel Press Spokesman Ahmed Boumendjel announced that his "government" was agreeable to negotiations with France "to discuss the conditions and applications" of the self-determination vote that De Gaulle has promised Algeria. The rebels even named their proposed representatives : five rebel officials headed by Mohammed ben Bella, 40, the bemedaled former French army sergeant...

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