Trade deal wages 'world agricultural war': NGOs

19th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 18 (AFP) - A French umbrella group of 120 aid organisations on Sunday criticised the Hong Kong World Trade Organisation agreement for failing to tackle underdevelopment, saying it would wage "agricultural world war".

PARIS, Dec 18 (AFP) - A French umbrella group of 120 aid organisations on Sunday criticised the Hong Kong World Trade Organisation agreement for failing to tackle underdevelopment, saying it would wage "agricultural world war".

"French international solidarity NGOs express their profound disappointment at the final declaration" adopted by the 149 members of the WTO, because it does not deal with "the vital questions for the three billion people who live on less than two dollars (EUR 1.66) a day," Coordination Sud said in a statement.

"The governments of developing countries should have the right to protect their agricultural markets. But instead, the careful staging of an agricultural world war can only lead to deep crises for farmers who make up over half of humanity," the group said.

Coordination Sud includes Action contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger), Emmaüs International, Handicap International, Medecins du Monde (Doctors of the World), the child-sponsoring agency Partage and Pharmaciens sans frontières (Pharmacists Without Borders).

Anti-poverty campaigners in Hong Kong have condemned the agreement as a betrayal of the poor although ministers from the main trading blocs welcomed it as a modest step forward which could pave the way for an overall trade liberalisation accord in 2006.

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