Treaties: Election-Year Stand on Genocide

One of the stranger pieces of unsecured U.S. diplomatic baggage fell out of the State Department's closet with a clunk last week. A spokesman announced that the Reagan Administration at long last would seek Senate ratification of a United Nations pact denouncing genocide. The move came less than three weeks before the Senate's scheduled adjournment, making formal consent to the document this session virtually impossible. Stranger still, the Administration's sudden backing occurred after 3½ years of silence about the treaty, which has been supported by Reagan's seven immediate predecessors despite its languishing among the Senate's unfinished business for...

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