`A Total Stiff Arm' In Geneva

Jim Baker put on his best poker face. As he strode into his Jan. 9 meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, the U. S. Secretary of State offered only an opaque glare. Aziz glared back. And for six hours, neither blinked. But as the ministers exchanged demands, flirted with negotiations, and finally ended their Geneva encounter in a standoff, even the usually suave Baker couldn't hide his frustration. "Somber?" Baker mused in assessing his mood at the end of the day. "You got it."

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