26 January 1999
Caribbean blocks US banana sanctions

US plans to impose a range of punitive sanctions against European Union (EU) exports over Europes banana regime were thwarted by St Lucia and Dominica.

The two Caribbean states blocked the agenda at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

This move came after another day of talks between the USA and EU officials and Renato Ruggiero, WTO director-general, failed to agree a deal.

Talks continue today.

The US list of sanctions includes pig meat imports.