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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