World: Middle East: Toward the Start of Talks

GUNNAR JARRING, who is known as "the Silent Swede," suddenly found himself cornered one day last week by a group of reporters near his office on the 38th floor of the United Nations Secretariat building in Manhattan. Pelted with questions about the Arab-Israeli discussions that he has been summoned to conduct on behalf of U.N. Secretary-General U Thant, the Swedish diplomat recited an aphorism in Hindi, one of a dozen languages that he knows. Then he translated it: "All is all right." With customary caution, Jarring immediately added, "I mean that only personally."...

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