WTO AGRICULTURE CHAIRMAN SAYS FOOD LIBERALISATION TALKS ARE "CLOSE TO THE SUMMIT"

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE CHAIRMAN of the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) food and drink liberalisation negotiations has released another draft deal for his section of the Doha Development Round, saying member countries are now tantalisingly close to an agreement. Using mountaineering analogies, chairman Crawford Falconer, New Zealand ambassador to the WTO, said his latest fine-tuned text presented clear final choices for ministers: "Anyone...can see clearly the summit we're trying to climb. We're through the cloud layer now," he said in ...


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