DIPLOMACY: Summer of Decision

Summer doldrums? Not in the arena of international diplomacy. At no time since the close of World War II have so many important and sometimes interrelated negotiations between East and West been under way. In addition to the Paris talks on the Viet Nam War (see THE NATION), there were important developments in three crucial areas last week:

SALT. As Soviet Chief Negotiator Vladimir Semyonov arrived in Helsinki for the opening of the fifth round of the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, he exuded confidence. He declared that the Soviet delegation carried "clear-cut instructions to achieve concrete results," and predicted that the...

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