FOREIGN RELATIONS: Sailing on a Pledge

Beyond the power plays and dickerings that whirled around the Jordan crisis, Washington last week rated as the diplomatic news of the week another prime accomplishment: after months of threat, war and negotiation, the Suez Canal was open for business again. True enough, it was open on Nasser's terms, as he made clear in a unilateral declaration deposited with the United Nations Security Council. But in laying out the terms, Nasser made important concessions by pledging himself to: ¶ "Respect the terms and spirit" of the 1888 Constantinople Convention, which provided that the canal "shall always be free and...

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