Disarmament: Back to Geneva

Two summers ago, Averell Harriman, during a quiet trip to Moscow, laid the groundwork for the 17-nation disarmament committee's only major breakthrough in its three years of effort: the 1963 treaty banning above-ground nuclear tests. Last week as the committee prepared to reconvene in Geneva's Palais des Nations after a ten-month recess, Harriman by an odd coincidence was just finishing up another quiet week in Moscow—a "vacation," he called it, in which he just happened to meet twice with Russian Premier Aleksei Kosygin for some five hours of talks.

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