American and North Viet 4 Namese delegates to the Paris Peace talks to-day [December 6] appeared to be deadlocked on what, at first sight, seems to be a ridiculous problem: the shape of the negotiating table in the enlarged talks. The Americans want the table to be rectangular, reflecting the “your side — our side” concept, with the U.S. and Saigon teams on one side and Hanoi and the National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) on the other. The North Viet Namese insist that the table be square, with a delegation on each side, since they say, the conference is four-sided. But diplomatic subtlety that has drafted an unconditional bombing halt formula bristling with conditions, should be able to propose a round table as a common denominator between the square and the rectangle, observers said.
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