WTO: Trade talks should be resumed

Dec. 15, 2003 at 3:14 PM
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GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Trade talks should be resumed after the collapse of negotiations in Cancun in September, the Geneva-based World Trade Organization said Monday.

"We have made progress towards getting the (Doha) round back on track, and there is a firm commitment to do so by all members. However, we are not yet there. There is unfinished business that must be taken care of," the head of the WTO's General Council, Carlos Pérez del Castillo, said.

He pointed out that strong global commitment to a multilateral trading system remained, but he also cautioned that there was only limited willingness among member countries to seek common ground or compromise on sensitive issues.

"Many delegations have noted that there does not seem to be a sense of urgency, and I would agree with them," Perez del Castillo said.

He added that more negotiations were necessary on the areas of agriculture and market access.

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