France in favour of resumption of Doha talks

12th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

ESSEN, Germany, Feb 9, 2007 (AFP) - France is keen for the stalled Doha trade talks to be resumed, French Finance Minister Thierry Breton said on Friday.

ESSEN, Germany, Feb 9, 2007 (AFP) - France is keen for the stalled Doha trade talks to be resumed, French Finance Minister Thierry Breton said on Friday.

"A new window of opportunity is opening up. We must seize it," Breton told a news briefing at the G7 finance meeting here.

His comments echoed remarks made earlier by summit host, German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, who said: "We all have an interest in a resumption of the talks in the coming weeks."

"We're somewhat more optimistic than we were a few weeks ago," Steinbrueck had said after bilateral talks with his Chinese and US counterparts ahead of the two-day summit of Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank chiefs here.

"We see some windows of opportunity," Steinbrueck had also said, adding that the G7 was not the forum to reach a final agreement in the near future.

Steinbrueck said he hoped the trade talks would resume at the end of February or the beginning of March.

The Doha talks, launched in 2001 in the Qatari capital, aim to tear down barriers to global trade but are currently deadlocked, notably over steps to reduce agricultural tariffs and subsidies.

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