World: TOWARD SUBSTANCE AT THE PEACE TABLE

IN the wake of President Richard Nixon's Viet Nam speech, the U.S. and North Viet Nam last week edged cautiously toward substance in the Paris peace talks. The movement, as usual, appeared tortuously slow. That was in part a measure of the distance that still separates the participants, but more important, it was a sign that each side has yet to render a final verdict on the other's proposal. After last week's session in the old Hotel Majestic, North Viet Nam's chief delegate, Xuan Thuy, left Paris for his first visit home since the...

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