DIPLOMACY: The Ritual Resumes

The scene was set for another enactment of the familiar ritual. Units of France's tough riot police were stationed along the elegant Avenue Kléber, which slopes away from the Arc de Triomphe. Outside what was once the Hotel Majestic, black sedans swung to a stop and disgorged the chief delegates, and their aides, of the four negotiating parties: the U.S., South Viet Nam, the National Liberation Front and North Viet Nam.

Before entering the building, where the Viet Nam peace talks resumed last week after a 10-week suspension, U.S. Ambassador William J. Porter...

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