EAST-WEST: A Slow, Slow Thaw

Despite the warmth of Brezhnev's meeting with Brandt, the armies of East and West still face each other in Central Europe. On that front, thawing the cold war is proving to be much more difficult than freezing it. Last week, after 3½ months of diplomatic delay and more than 70 top-secret meetings, talks to reduce the level of troops in that region finally began in Vienna, but under less than propitious circumstances.

The first plenary session lasted a mere nine minutes, during which the twelve NATO and seven Warsaw Pact delegations adopted an "arrangement on participation and procedures to be...

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