SYRIA: The First Arab on the Second Front

There was another round of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East last week, but for once Henry Kissinger was not involved. This time it was United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who flew back and forth between Jerusalem and Damascus in a last-ditch effort to extend the mandate of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force on the Golan Heights. At week's end, after exhaustive deliberations in the U.N. Security Council, Syria reluctantly agreed to extend the mandate.

Complex questions were involved in Waldheim's effort to keep the 1,220-man force of Austrians, Iranians, Canadians and...

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