24 March 2000
WTO deadlock over chairman

WORLD Trade Organisation members have been unable to agree who should chair agricultural liberalisation talks over the coming year.

But they are going to press ahead with their two-day meeting under an interim chairman, reports the Financial Times.

The EU refused to withdraw objections to Brazils WTO ambassador Celso Amorim, who as part of the Cairns Group is campaigning for farm subsidies to be scrapped.

This row is an embarrassment to the WTO, which is trying to restore credibility after ministerial talks collapsed in Seattle last December.