U.S. says Doha risks being delayed several years

Published on canada.com, July 5, 2007.

CAIRNS, Australia (Reuters) – A deal to free up world trade could be delayed several years if no progress is made by the end of 2007, the United States said on Thursday, as it stepped up criticism of India and Brazil over failed talks.

Talks between the United States, the European Union, Brazil and India, aimed at reaching a breakthrough in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round, collapsed in late June, leaving the future of the long-running trade negotiation in doubt.

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, swiping at India and Brazil over the breakdown of talks in Potsdam, Germany, said some countries wanted Doha to fail and it was now crucial for some new progress before 2008. (full text).

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