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November 15, 2001

Rangel also seemed to downplay his role in securing the needed votes for the bill by insisting

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November 14, 2001

DOHA -- Latin American countries late Tuesday (Nov. 13) agreed to a European Union request for a waiver from World Trade Organization rules for its banana import system under a compromise that would allow a challenge to future EU banana tariffs if they damaged Latin American market access.

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DOHA -- An agreement to launch new trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization was stalled today and possibly blocked after India said it could not join the consensus on the draft ministerial declaration.

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November 13, 2001

A European Commission spokesman said the new text on environment falls short of the EU mandate, which covers negotiations on the relationship of WTO rules to MEAs, the precautionary principle and eco-labeling. The new draft declaration relegates these to further study.

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Negotiators at the World Trade Organization ministerial continued to wrestle with the outstanding differences in a pending draft declaration at 3 AM local time in Doha, Qatar. Work is being conducted in small groups on a number of issues, including agriculture and implementation, after a select group of 20 countries had been unable to come up with an acceptable declaration draft, officials said.

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November 12, 2001

In the fight over patent protection rules and public health measures, “a small drafting group” has been set up, according to the official. Officials in Doha said a Nov. 11 meeting brought together a group that included the U.S. but excluded its allies in this fight --

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November 11, 2001

The European Union and Japan today joined with thirty-eight other members of the World Trade Organization in calling for a strong recognition in the draft declaration on agriculture that countries must be able to safeguard policies promoting goals unrelated to trade.

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A U.S. trade official acknowledged yesterday (Nov. 10) that cleared industry advisors who did not travel to Doha for the World Trade Organization's fourth ministerial meeting have not had as much access to information as U.S. officials had hoped.

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