France responsible for Doha round breakdown: US
A US trade representative has indirectly blamed France for the
breakdown of WTO global trade talks earlier this
When asked about the possibility of reviving the talks, Susan Schwab said,
"Perhaps we should await the French election results," echoing other US
politicians who had said France had blocked an agreement.
Development Agenda negotiations were suspended because gaps between key
players remain too wide.
Heads of delegations, speaking in an informal meeting of the Trade
Negotiations Committee on 24 July, agreed with WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy
that this will be a setback for all members.
"The developed countries subsidise their agriculture and have agriculture
custom tariffs superior to those for other products, a system which penalises
above all less-developed countries," Lamy said.
Negotiations collapsed as the US pressed for lower tariffs on
agricultural imports, while the EU, Japan and Australia insisted that American
farm subsidies must first be cut.
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