Thursday, October 7, 2010

U.S. Says Doha Trade Talks Could Stretch Into 2012

(Reuters – Doug Palmer)

Siddiqui cites meaningful progress in past six months

A top U.S trade official indicated on Tuesday that the long-running Doha round of world trade talks could stretch into 2012, but said some progress had been made over the past six months. “The U.S. view is that there is no shortcut to a Doha success,” U.S. chief agricultural trade negotiator Isi Siddiqui said in the prepared text of a speech given in Brussels, a copy of which was released in Washington.

“Deadlines won’t do it, mandated formal processes won’t do it, and attempts at high-level ‘Big Bang’ political events won’t do it,” Siddiqui told a European farm policy audience. Read more here.