International: Progress in Suite A

In Suite A on the 37th floor of Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, one of the postwar era's longest, most secretive conferences was entering its third year. High above Park Avenue, the deputies of the Big Four Foreign Ministers have been trying to write a peace treaty for Austria. Last week, as they moved into their green leather chairs for their 238th meeting, some news filtered out of Suite A, and it sounded good. There had been some concessions on both sides.

Russia, for instance, had agreed to let Austria stockpile vital materials (steel, chemicals), which the West considered necessary for Austria's recovery; the...

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