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Richard Holbrooke

Venue for Iran talks is a 'gilded cage' under constant surveillance

Venue for Iran talks is a 'gilded cage' under constant surveillance

When negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks in this gracious Alpine city wake up in the plush surroundings of the neo-baroque Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, they can gaze from their balconies at the inspiring sweep of Lake Geneva. They had best take a good look. After a few moments, they’re obliged to rush down to a conference room with no windows or outside air where they sit, hour upon hour, debating fine points of uranium enrichment, banking sanctions and plutonium reprocessing. Outside, the hotel has a spa, an indoor-outdoor pool, a red-carpeted tennis court, four restaurants and a swank bar usually haunted by Europe’s richest. But for all their access to the amenities in...

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