THE NATIONS: Time & Place

High above Manhattan's Park Avenue, the Big Four foreign ministers met last week to talk about the Geneva meeting. Russia's Foreign Minister Molotov joined the Westerners in John Foster Dulles' Waldorf-Astoria Tower suite and came to quick agreement on Geneva's procedures and duration (about three weeks). It was smooth, pleasant, almost routine. The diplomats' minds were on other things.

Though the subject was not remotely on the agenda, Britain's Harold Macmillan abruptly blurted out what was preoccupying the West. If Russia is sincerely trying to ease world tensions, Macmillan demanded of...

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