From the moment Nikita Khrushchev got his invitation to the U.S. safely in his pocket, all the secret sessions, working teas, buzz and bustle of Geneva became a show without an audience. "There is no one left in the grandstands." sighed a Western diplomat sadly. For the time being at least, the three Western foreign ministers seemed to have no more standing as policymakers than Andrei Gromyko himself. Gromyko even refused to accept Secretary Herter's mild suggestion that the foreign ministers resume talking when the U.N. General Assembly opens next month.


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