United Nations: By Persuasion

The U.S. joins a plan to get Viet Nam out of Cambodia

"It is not our intention to bring Viet Nam to its knees. We only want to bring it to its senses." So declared Singapore's Foreign Minister Suppiah Dhanabalan last week as 93 governments met in a special U.N. session to discuss a complex and contentious problem: how to persuade—or pressure—Viet Nam to pull its 200,000 troops out of Cambodia.

Right from the start, the conference faced one major handicap: the absence of the three principals. Boycotting the session were Viet Nam, which...

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