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November 14, 2001

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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Some observers believe that Japan gave the U.S. a delicately worded signal that it could eventually live with the existing draft declaration in a Nov. 7 letter from Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to President George Bush. In that letter, Koizumi says he hopes Japan and the U.S. can cooperate on agriculture at the ministerial and points out that Japan is already playing a constructive role. But the letter also emphasized that antidumping and subsidies negotiations were an “essential” element of future WTO negotiations (Inside U.S. Trade, Nov. 9, p.1).

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