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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