GENEVA: The Penalty for Stalling

In Geneva last week, time was running out for the West. The Communists stalled. They could afford to.

For four days they faced the delegates of the Free Nations in secret sessions on Indo-China. The Communists' principal line repeated daily was that any settlement must be applied to all three Indo-Chinese states. The West retorted that Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia must be discussed separately.

Recognized Phantoms. When the West broke off in disgust for "a day of grace," the Communists baited the trap a little: Molotov agreed that three separate armistice commissions could be formed. This meant that France would...

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