EU calls for re-launch of WTO talks

EU finance ministers have voiced concern over the collapse of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks in July, which they say should be re-launched "as soon as possible".

    Doha round meant to yield a trade treaty by the end of 2004

    Eero Heinaluoma, the Finnish finance minister, said on Saturday after hosting a meeting with his EU counterparts: "We deeply regret the suspension of the Doha development round last July. This can have negative effects on world trade and this is something that we were worried about,"

    "The negotiations ought to be restarted as soon as possible, all key participants must take the necessary action to secure a strong outcome [and] the European Union must be firmly committed to play its role," he added.

    Five years of talks at the WTO ground to a halt in July after negotiators failed to hammer out the framework for an agreement.

    The current Doha round of trade talks, which opened in the Qatari capital in 2001, was aimed at removing agricultural and industrial trade barriers and using commerce to give developing countries a boost.

    It was meant to yield a trade treaty by the end of 2004; but the target was later shifted to December 2006.

    Peter Mandelson, the EU Trade Commissioner, said last week in Strasbourg that talks were unlikely to be revived before mid-term US Congressional elections in November.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Assad to Putin: Thank you for 'saving our country'

    Russian and Syrian presidents meet to discuss strategy against 'terrorism' and political settlement options.

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    Is Saudi Arabia becoming a danger to the region?

    We talk to US Congressman Ro Khanna about power politics and debate Mohammed bin Salman's new strategy for the Kingdom.

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    Gender violence in India: 'Daughters are not a burden'

    With female foeticide still widespread, one woman tells her story of being mutilated for giving birth to her daughters.