MOSCOW, JUNE 19 -- Lithuanian legislators are divided over a compromise plan to suspend their declaration of independence in order to begin negotiations on the issue with Moscow, and no decision is expected until early next week.

Lithuanian President Vytautus Landsbergis urged members of the republic's legislature today to spend the weekend discussing the Kremlin's recent proposal with voters and then to reconvene for the decision. He also proposed that "if it is technically feasible," a republic-wide poll be taken on the moratorium proposal.

Since the Lithuanian legislature declared the republic's independence last March, Lithuania has been in sharp conflict with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who has imposed a partial economic embargo.

Last week, tensions between Vilnius and Moscow appeared to ease as Gorbachev told Landsbergis and leaders of Estonia and Latvia that he was ready to begin negotiations if the republics froze all actions stemming from the independence declarations. The Soviet leadership, as a goodwill gesture, has restored some shipments of natural gas to the republic and promised to lift the embargo once negotiations begin.

{In Washington, a State Department official said that the Bush administration is "getting a little frustrated with Lithuania" in its failure to respond to the Soviet overture, the Reuter news agency reported.}