Diplomacy: Helping the Summit Along

Helping the Summit Along

Fresh from a Liberty Weekend meeting with Ronald Reagan, French President Francois Mitterrand flew to Moscow for a 3 1/2-day session with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev. While disavowing any formal role as diplomatic messenger, Mitterrand clearly planned to try to advance the prospect of a superpower summit later this year. Although some progress was achieved on several other issues, Mitterrand's postmeeting summit forecast was rather gloomy: "It is impossible to say today if it will take place or when it might take place. Diplomacy still has a lot of work to do."

The main stumbling block, both to the summit and...

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