CEASE-FIRE: After a Mini-Crisis, a Modest Forward Step

IT was a most unlikely assemblage of foreign ministers under the glittering chandeliers of Paris' Hotel Majestic. Russia's Andrei Gromyko showed his distress at having to sit next to South Viet Nam's Tran Van Lam, who, in turn, frowned at the Viet Cong's Madame Nguyen Thi Binh. China's Chi Pengfei avoided even looking toward Gromyko, but chatted congenially with William Rogers, who affably courted both Chi and Gromyko. But despite all of the sensitivities and animosities around the huge circular table—and after a brief crisis that threatened to scuttle the entire Viet Nam...

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