MIDDLE EAST: Merger by Inches

When U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim set out on his first official visit to the Middle East, he knew full well that the problems of the area were, as he put it, "complex and very difficult." At the very least, though, he thought that he knew the lay of the land and the antagonists' basic positions. No such luck. Halfway through his five-capital tour last week, Waldheim found that the alignments were shifting like desert sands, and that certain features on the map were being altered.

The most notable change involved the first hesitant steps toward the on-again, off-again merger of Egypt...

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