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US Seeks to Revive Stalled Trade Talks

USTR urges WTO to make ''a serious effort to get the talks going again''

WASHINGTON, DC - 1/12/04 - US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Zoellick is urging members of the World Trade Organization to restart stalled international trade talks, according to a US official quoted by Reuters.
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Zoellick, in letters sent to the almost 150 countries that belong to the international trade organization, said the US was prepared to make a serious effort to get talks going, the official told the news agency.
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The USTR believes no trade deal can be sealed without complete elimination of agricultural export subsidies, the official added - a position that would put it at odds with the European Union.

"The letter suggests that WTO members should focus on the basics, especially the core market access topics of agriculture, goods, and services," said the official, who did not want to be named.
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The global talks are aimed at lowering or eliminating tariffs charged by countries around the world on imported goods and services, thereby lowering the costs of those products to consumers.
The World Bank has estimated that a trade pact resulting from the talks could add up to $520 billion to world incomes by 2015, or about $85 for every person now living.
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The US official said Zoellick asked trade ministers to agree by the middle of the year to terms for a fresh start to talks that broke down in September in Cancun, Mexico, over agricultural issues.

"The period after Cancun was a necessary collective catching of breath, and now we must all recommit to pushing forward. We have a chance to surprise the nay-sayers," the official said.
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Many developing nations are hindered in exporting farm products to industrialized nations by trade obstacles aimed at shielding farmers and ranchers in those countries from being driven out of business by cheap imports, the news agency said.
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The talks - launched in Doha, Qatar in late 2001 - were to have wrapped up by the end of 2004. Zoellick asked trade ministers to be ready to meet in Hong Kong before the end of the year, the official said.

Zoellick told the Financial Times in a recent interview he wanted to "reach out to developing countries" by addressing their concerns on agriculture, competition and investment. He added that he would support a developing country candidate to chair the WTO's general council.
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The letter suggests discussing agriculture before trying to agree on cutting tariffs on industrial goods, the Financial Times said.
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Zoellick said in the letter that he would travel to a number of countries next month to discuss his ideas for restarting talks, the newspaper said.

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