DIPLOMACY: Coping with the Global Minefield

A U.N. conference examines the age-old goal of disarmament

They pulled up to the United Nations' glassy Manhattan headquarters by the limousine load—President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing of France, Premier Thorbjörn Falldin of Sweden, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada. All together, 20 heads of state or government were scheduled to drop in on the five-week-long proceedings. The occasion that brought them: an unprecedented session of the 149-member General Assembly devoted solely to disarmament, the largest group ever convened in an attempt to reverse the world's steady accumulation of ever more and...

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