Doubtful threat

The Direc­tor gen­er­al of WTO is report­ed­ly threat­en­ing Ambas­sadors in Gene­va with direct action. bq. Supachai Pan­itch­pak­di, direc­tor-gen­er­al of the World Trade Organ­i­sa­tion, will take a more aggres­sive approach to chivvy gov­ern­ments into mak­ing progress in the stalled Doha world trade talks. bq. He said that unless WTO mem­bers’ nego­tia­tors showed more flex­i­bil­i­ty, he would go over their heads and deal direct­ly with their min­is­ters. (“Finan­cial Times”:http://news.ft.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=FT.com/StoryFT/FullStory&c=StoryFT&cid=1073281284197&p=1012571727179) Expe­ri­ence gives us no rea­son to believe that that Min­is­ters will be ‘more flex­i­ble’. There were dozens of Min­is­te­r­i­al lev­el con­sul­ta­tions and infor­mal meet­ings lead­ing to the abortive Can­cZn meet­ing. None of them indi­vid­u­al­ly or in aggre­gate pro­duced the nec­es­sary agree­ment.

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