A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 15, 1984

One morning last week, in a dining room atop the Time & Life Building in New York City, nine of TIME'S editors, correspondents and writers assembled for breakfast and a conversation with Mexico's Foreign Minister, Bernardo Sepulveda Amor. For more than an hour, Sepulveda answered questions about his country's relations with the U.S., and about the unrest in Central America. By the time the last coffees were finished, the TIME hosts had received yet another reminder that, as Chief of Correspondents Richard Duncan says, "Leaders and their informal conversations are usually much more interesting than their official statements."

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