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France's two other North African territories moved nearer independence—and farther from France. For two weeks Foreign Minister Christian Pineau's negotiators had been stubbornly insisting that France could never agree to recognize Morocco's independence until Sultan Ben Youssef had also accepted terms of "interdependence." Last week France gave in. It signed a declaration recognizing Morocco's sovereignty and granting Morocco the right to maintain an army and conduct its own diplomacy. The terms of interdependence are still to be written.

Tunisia's Premier Tahar ben Amar was also in Paris to negotiate fresh concessions from the French. The day the Moroccan declaration was signed, Premier...

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