Berlin: New Phase

Something was happening about Berlin. Twice in five days, U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk met Moscow's new man in Washington, affable Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, for talks on "procedure" that might lead to actual negotiations this month. "Very friendly," remarked Dobrynin after his first hour's chat. "Relaxed," agreed a State Department spokesman. In Moscow, Khrushchev and Gromyko saw mild hope for a settlement.

Such a settlement, if it happens, will probably involve some of the devices that the U.S. cautiously broached to its allies three weeks ago: 1) a 13-nation authority to...

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