MIDDLE EAST: Yassin, My Son

Negotiating peace between Israel and Egypt is an extra assignment for Swedish Diplomat Gunnar Jarring; his regular job is serving as Swedish Ambassador to Moscow. Last week, with the Middle East talks deadlocked again, Jarring flew from New York to the Soviet capital to spend Easter with his family and catch up on embassy work. Were the talks really that stalemated? Well, Jarring confided to U.N. friends before he left, the trip was partially a bit of "constructive inaction" designed to prod the protagonists.

Jarring's calculated inactivity may be in vain. As far...

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