President-elect Alfredo Cris-tiani said he would accept peace talks with leftist rebels but warned against any U.S. interference in El Salvador's civil war.

"We are willing to open doors to the guerrillas to incorporate them in the Salvadoran democratic process," said Cristiani, the victor in Sunday's presidential election."We are willing to work with the United States," Cristiani added in remarks made available Thursday, "but this partnership must be based upon mutual respect and working together, not as an imposition."

Although President Bush congratulated Cristiani on his victory, some congressmen have said his right-wing Republican Nationalist Alliance party, known as ARENA, should demonstrate it has become a democratic institution before more U.S. aid is provided. Human rights groups, diplomats and others have linked ARENA to far-rightist death squads.