Rebels buy time

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Rebels battling towards central Kigali agreed to meet the army to discuss a UN plan for ending bloodshed in Rwanda, Reuter reports from Byumba, Rwanda. But with barely a pause in a rebel offensive on Rwanda's capital, a truce looked to be all but too late. A UN envoy secured the rebel Rwanda Patriotic Front's pledge to pursue ceasefire talks after meeting its leadership in the Front's stronghold north of Kigali. But the timing of the ceasefire talks for next week left little doubt that the rebels were buying time while pressing on militarily.