WTO chief urges trading partners to get to work

24th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 24, 2006 (AFP) - Stalled WTO talks on trade liberalisation require movement from Europe, the United States and emerging countries in order to move forward, the director general of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, said in an interview published in a French newspaper on Friday.

PARIS, Feb 24, 2006 (AFP) - Stalled WTO talks on trade liberalisation require movement from Europe, the United States and emerging countries in order to move forward, the director general of the WTO, Pascal Lamy, said in an interview published in a French newspaper on Friday.

Lamy highlighted the major sticking points that needed to be addressed if the 149 members of the World Trade Organisation were to conclude the Doha round of talks before the end of the year, as planned.

Speaking to Le Monde newspaper, Lamy said: "Europe must make progress on its agricultural tarifs, the United States on the reduction of its domestic subsidies to farmers, and the G20 (group of emerging nations) on the customs rights for industrial goods and services."

When asked about the position of France, which has opposed any further compromises on agriculture by the European Union, Lamy called it "excessively defensive".

He added: "The European offer is certainly to be improved."

The goal is to finish the Doha Round of talks, aimed at increasing world trade to the benefit of developing nations, by the end of the year -- two years after the original deadline set at a conference in the Qatari capital in 2001.

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