WTO talks suspended over farm subsidies
Farm subsidies have resulted in the Doha round of the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) being suspended.
Efforts failed on Monday in Geneva to negotiate an agreement between India,
Brazil, the US, the EU, Japan and Australia and put the Doha trade round into indefinite
suspension unless new consensus emerges.
Rows over access to
agricultural product markets and farm subsidies have been a stumbling block
throughout the negotiations and were responsible for the failure of talks that
began in 2001.
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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