Foreign Relations: Symbolic Span

Signed in 1964 but promptly consigned to limbo by the Senate, the U.S.Soviet consular treaty last week finally won approval. After voting down six attempts to weaken or destroy it, the Senate ratified the treaty 66 to 28, three votes more than the required two-thirds majority.

As recently as two months ago, with FBI Boss J. Edgar Hoover and Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen both vociferously opposed to the pact, its chances seemed nonexistent. The turn ing point came on Jan. 31, when Kentucky's Republican Senator Thruston Morton rose to deliver a moving plea for passage of the treaty.

Morton castigated...

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