THE ALLIES: Ready with a Plan

On the eve of battle, the West was ready. And after all the months of doubts and suspicions, it took the four Western Foreign Ministers only two days in Paris to agree on their strategy. The ground had been well prepared.

Going into next week's session with Russia's Andrei Gromyko, the West will operate from a 20-page "Phased Plan," the result of considering hundreds of position papers. In some respects it goes farther than what the West put forward at the fruitless Geneva summit session in 1955. Though still insisting that German reunification must be brought about through free elections,...

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