Search

 

Cablegate: Canada's Views On Proposed U.S. Trips Moratorium

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS OTTAWA 000007

SIPDIS

GENEVA FOR USTR

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD CA USTR
SUBJECT: CANADA'S VIEWS ON PROPOSED U.S. TRIPS MORATORIUM

REF: STATE 265619

1. Post delivered reftel letter from USTR Zoellick to
Minister for International Trade Pettigrew, with copies to
Minister of Foreign Affairs Graham and Minister of Health
McLellan. On December 30, Suzanne Vinet, Director General
for Service, Investment and Intellectual Property at the
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade called
to clarify some of the points in the letter.

2. Vinet was interested in whether the letter was to Canada
only, and wondered if we were asking other countries for
support of the moratorium. We explained that the letter had
been sent by Ambassador Zoellick to all his WTO counterparts.
Although we welcome support, we had only been asked to
provide host country reaction. The Canadian embassy in
Washington had already seen the proposal on the USTR website
and in "Inside US Trade." We clarified that although the
proposal is public, it would not be formally presented to the
WTO until early January. DG Vinet, who has only been in her
current job for two weeks and had not yet studied the
proposal, said she would consult within the GOC once
colleagues return from leave.
YOUNG

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Tonga Eruption: At Least 3 Dead, Amid Severe Destruction
At least three people have died in Tonga following the massive volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami wave that hit over the weekend. Homes and other buildings across the archipelago have suffered major damage... More>>

Save The Children: Tonga Volcano Ash And Smoke Cause Concern For Air And Water Safety
Families in Tonga are at risk of exposure to unsafe air and water due to ash and smoke from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano that erupted on Saturday, reports Save the Children...
More>>



Sudan: 15 Attacks On Health Facilities And Workers In Two Months

With the crisis escalating in Sudan, there have been 15 reports of attacks on healthcare workers and health facilities since last November, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday... More>>


Ethiopia: UN Chief Lauds ‘Demonstrable Effort To Make Peace’

The UN Secretary-General on Wednesday said he was “delighted” to learn that “a demonstrable effort to make peace” in Ethiopia is finally underway, according to information relayed to him by the African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa... More>>


Tigray: Agencies Suspend Aid As ‘Scores’ Are Killed Due To Airstrikes
Recent airstrikes on camps for internally displaced persons and refugees in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, have reportedly killed scores of civilians, including children, and left many more injured... More>>


UN News: For 25th Year In A Row, Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinks

2021 marked the 25th year in a row in which the key Greenland ice sheet lost more mass during the melting season, than it gained during the winter, according to a new UN-endorsed report issued on Friday... More>>