International: Cease Forthwith

The Indonesian mess was almost providential in its timing. Joyfully, the Security Council dropped the Greek situation to cope with a situation cut more to the U.N. size. With unprecedented speed the Council voted (8-0) a stern resolution: the Council "calls upon" The Netherlands and the Indonesian Republic "to cease hostilities forthwith." It further called upon the combatants to settle their disputes by arbitration.

Such swift action was something new in U.N. Newest and strangest was the line-up on the vote. The U.S. and Russia voted "yes" together. Britain, France and Belgium abstained.

The discussion was coolly legalistic, for there was some...

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