The Algerian war has lasted more than five years, and it was not to be settled in anything like five days.

Meeting in Melun, 30 miles southeast of Paris, the F.L.N.'s Ahmed Boumendjel spent five days in talks with Roger Moris, De Gaulle's Secretary of State for Algeria. The exchanges were so frosty that the Algerians complained of "a Panmunjom atmosphere." Boumendjel asked whether F.L.N. "Premier" Ferhat Abbas, if he came to Paris, would be free to move about, whether he could be sure of treating with President de Gaulle personally, whether F.L.N. negotiators could confer with Ben Bella, the...

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