SOUTH VIET NAM: Agreement of a Sort

After three brooding sessions, French Premier Edgar Faure and John Foster Dulles last week proclaimed themselves in agreement on South Viet Nam. "We may have different degrees of hope," was the way Premier Faure put it, "but it is certain that our desires are the same."

Essence of what the French called "total agreement": 1) France said it would loyally support Nationalist Premier Ngo Dinh Diem, 2) the U.S., with unconcealed distaste for Bao Dai, agreed that he should stay on as absentee chief of state until a Vietnamese assembly could be elected to decide his fate.

Both the U.S. and...

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