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WTO Meeting Collapses Over Singapore Issues


WTO Meeting Collapses Over Singapore Issues

By Jane Kelsey at WTO in Cancun

Bedlam broke out in Cancun at around 2.10 pm after the Kenyan delegate emerged from deadokced talks on the Singapore issues of investment, competition, government procurement and trade facilitation and announced that the ministerial meeting had collapsed. The African Carribean and Pacific Grouping (ACP), the Africa Group and the Least Devleoped Countries stood firm, insisting that there was no consensus to proceed with negotiations on these issues. The EU was immovable. Formal confirmation is expected within the hour.

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