Officials give up on ‘diplomatic’ solutions

There’s only so much you can do with words. At some point, disagreements have to be resolved by someone in charge agreeing to make changes. This has finally started to happen in Geneva bq. Trade negotiators gave up on attempts to narrow differences over how to open up international trade and create a binding global treaty. Uruguayan Ambassador Carlos Perez del Castillo, who chairs the World Trade Organization’s general council, said he would send his proposal to government ministers meeting Sept. 10-14 in Cancun, Mexico, without making any changes to the draft he produced Sunday.  The document covers all the issues in the WTO negotiations, but most of the interest has focused on trade in agricultural goods, which is the major concern of most developing countries and some of the industrialized nations

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