MIDDLE EAST: Unbudging Positions

An Anglo-Egyptian meeting to negotiate the evacuation of Britain's $1.5 billion Suez Canal base was drawing desultorily to a close last week when Lieut. Colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt's most powerful man behind Reluctant Dictator Na guib, rose to his full 6 ft. and snapped: "Gentlemen, let us not waste our time." With that, the British delegates crammed papers into portfolios and stalked out; the talks, which had been going on for ten days, were broken off. Egypt vowed it would not move an inch from these points:

¶ British troops must quit the giant base unconditionally, with no strings...

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