Algeria: The Wide Table

The placid citizens of Geneva take international conferences in stride, and scarcely looked up as the black limousines containing Russian, American and Chinese delegates swept by on their way to the Palais des Nations. But it was more dangerous to have the Algerian rebels in their midst.

All week long Geneva's newspapers reported threatening letters received by the police from French right-wing activists, and cafe sitters all but flinched in anticipation of the explosion of a plastic bomb. As the Algerian F.L.N. delegation moved into the luxurious tile-roofed villa belonging to the Sheik of Qatar, nervous Swiss soldiers crouched...

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