FWTO Ag Negotiations SlowMon, 18 Apr 2011 16:53:19 CDT
The chairperson overseeing WTO agriculture negotiations says talks have produced no constructive, bridge-building solutions to the deadlocked issues before the Doha Round of trade talks. David Walker says - my own conclusion is that as yet I have not seen any solution to any of those outstanding issues having been presented through consultations. Nor have I seen any clearly defined further option on those issues at the present time.
Walker promised there would be no –surprises from him. He told members last week that the process is entirely bottom-up — input coming only from the members themselves — and his and some delegations’ reports on their consultations indicated that the work they have been undertaking has not yet produced solutions.
Work continues on a number of issues in order to identify possible options for bridge-building, problem solving solutions. WTO’s Trade Negotiation Committee will meet to discuss the situation on April 29th.
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