THE NATIONS: Limited Truce

For a while it looked as though the Foreign Ministers Conference would never end; this week, finally, the conference unraveled itself and managed to adjourn. The limited agreement reached between the West and Russia was largely a declaration of intention; as such it would please those who have any faith in Russia's good intentions.

The Deal. On Berlin, the Ministers reached what the diplomats insisted on calling a modus vivendi, i.e., a way of muddling along in Berlin without real concessions from either side. The agreement instructed the Berlin occupation commanders to consult on how they might "mitigate the effects...

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