World Trade: Soothing the Coffee Nerves

It looked as solemn, and frequently got as unfriendly, as a meeting on Berlin or disarmament. But actually, what has gone on behind closed doors at the United Nations headquarters for the past seven weeks has been history's biggest kaffeeklatsch. Everybody wanted to do something about prices and production in the glutted coffee market.

Among the delegates from 71 nations, the Latin Americans were angry at Europe's Common Market nations for clamping high tariffs on South American coffee and almost none on coffee from France's former African colonies. The Latin Americans wanted rigid export quotas. The Africans, whose beans are...

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