GENEVA: The Breakoff

"They reached complete agreement that each item should be dealt with on a separate piece of paper. They did not agree on anything else."

Thus did Andrew Berding, U.S. State Department briefing officer, thumbnail last week the immobility and futility of the Big Four sessions at Geneva. Secretary of State Christian Herter confided to aides that he felt "degraded" by having to sit and listen to Andrei Gromyko's laboriously unyielding speeches. At last came the point when, over coffee in the U.S. villa, Herter told Gromyko that he was leaving Geneva in a week—to attend a meeting of the Organization...

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