International: The Fundamentals Remain

All week long the negotiators in the little wood-and-matting house at Panmunjom disputed over what is a neutral nation. Sweden or Switzerland would not do. said the Communists, and seemed to prefer an Asian nation. Fine, said the U.N.: how about Pakistan? The Communists promised to think about it. But above all this haggling, one point was rising clear: to reach an armistice, one side is going to have to surrender its fundamental position on prisoner repatriation.

Last week the discussion hardly touched the fundamentals, which involve the terms on which the Communists would...

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