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Thursday, 03 February 2011

Finding the key to the cotton issue at the WTO cannot wait!

The representatives of the African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP), meeting on January 27, 2011, in a cotton workshop in Geneva have studied the state of the cotton issue at the WTO, including the question of whether to bring this issue before the Dispute Settlement Body. Given that a solution to this problem can no longer wait, the ACP Group draws the attention of the general public, and particularly that of the Ministers currently meeting in Davos, to this unique situation. The trade dispute United States - Cotton remains without a solution. To the contrary, the support measures announced on 5 April 2010 for Brazilian cotton producers, as part of the USA-Brazil interim agreement, only serve to reinforce inequality in treatment and go against the interests of other producers, in particular ACP producers. The ACP Group deplores the present impasse consisting in an unprecedented and exceptional situation where a WTO Member is avoiding bringing its trade policy into compliance with its obligations towards the Organisation in return for a payment made towards the producers of one other Member only.

Source: ACP Group of States