24 November 1999
Farming stalemate in WTO talks
AGRICULTURE has proved to be the stumbling block to agreement being reached at a World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Geneva.
Opponents of subsidies for the farming sector — the USA and the Cairns Group of 15 agricultural free-traders — were unable to reach a compromise with the EU and Japan, which were determined to protect their markets.
The failure to reach an agreement throws next weeks WTO ministerial meeting in Seattle into some confusion.
The Geneva get-together of trade envoys was supposed to have agreed the agenda for Seattle.
- EU ready to talk subsidy cuts – Lamy, FWi, 6 October, 1999
- Aggressive US trade reform bid, FWi, 30 September, 1999
- WTO urged to cut farm subsidies, FWi, 16 March, 1999
- The Times 24/11/99 page 17, page 33
- Financial Times 24/11/99 page 1, page 15, page 25 (Comment & Analysis)
- The Guardian 24/11/99 page 27, pages 4/5 (Society section)