Will disputes over war damage the WTO round?

meta-cre­ation_­date: March 18, 2003 The WTO Direc­tor-Gen­er­al Supachai Pan­itch­pak­di has been quot­ed by the New York Times express­ing con­cern that the dam­age to mul­ti­lat­er­al deci­sion mak­ing in the progress to war will spill over into the WTO nego­ti­a­tions.

I can feel the sense of trep­i­da­tion, Mr. Supachai said in an inter­view. What­ev­er hap­pens, if the U.S. will main­tain the way we use mul­ti­lat­er­al solu­tions, it will be high­ly appre­ci­at­ed.

Since some of the most dif­fi­cult issues in the Round ? agri­cul­ture, patents and gener­ic drugs ? find the Unit­ed States and Europe on dif­fer­ent sides, this is a wide­ly held fear.

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