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Friday, 29 June 2012

EU will not force the ACP to cave in

The ACP is not willing to yield to EU conditions under the Economic partnership Agreements, the so-called EPAs. The group warned last week that it will not sign  until there is a mutually beneficial position that does not threaten regional integration.
The president of the ACP council, Mr. Alva Baptiste, stressed that the ACP and EU need one another. However, he highlighted that contentious issues relating to the EPAs first needed to be ironed out. He added that the Group did not approve of the EU’s impatience: "The EU must not put undue pressure on our members to sign. All the time, we want to negotiate with patience and persistence. So we will continue to engage the EU until the agreement is reached. But we shall not be forced into signing until our concerns are addressed. There is so much at play in terms of regional integration and the need to put the right infrastructure in our economies before we open up."

Source: Bilaterals

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