Central American presidents called on Salvadoran rebels to return to the negotiating table and end their latest military offensive that has left about 300 people dead in less than a month.

The heads of state of five Central American countries, winding up their ninth summit Monday in the Pacific resort town of Puntarenas, about 70 miles west of San Jose, also urged governments and people around the world to convince Salvadoran rebels of "the absolute need" to negotiate a peaceful solution to the country's decade-old civil war.