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Cablegate: Gsl Supports Keeping Gi Talks in Trips Council

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UNCLAS COLOMBO 001539

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON KIPR ETRD PREL CE WTO ECONOMICS
SUBJECT: GSL SUPPORTS KEEPING GI TALKS IN TRIPS COUNCIL

REF: STATE 254589

Per reftel, Econoff delivered points to Ms. Manel De Silva,
Acting Director General of the Sri Lankan Commerce Department
on September 5, 2003. Reftel points were also delivered to the
GSL delegation prior to its departure for Cancun. Post has
previously discussed this issue with the GSL, during an
Embassy-sponsored video conference on GI issues last week. The
GSL continues to agree that the appropriate forum for these
discussions is in the TRIPS Council, not the agricultural
talks. As requested, we have urged the GSL to firmly oppose
any EU efforts to raise this issue in the Agricultural
Committee.

LUNSTEAD

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