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Agriculture discussions open WTO meeting
By Jiang Jingjing and Zheng Yanyan (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-07-13 05:59

Pakistani Minister of Commerce, Humayun Akhtar Khan, told China Daily that he had found the negotiations "encouraging."

But WTO Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi expressed concern over negotiations, saying there is little time for agreement to be reached.

He urged for negotiations to be more specific, and said WTO members should hold positions that allow them to move toward consensus rather than pushing them apart.

"I'm trying to do my best to encourage people to move as urgently as possible in the next couple of days. We have days, not weeks," he said.

China's Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai, said members are having full discussions on the issues.

Some initial agreements have been reached on some points, such as market access, he said.

According to Bo, the meeting in Dalian aims to provide an opportunity for members to fully exchange their views, and create favourable conditions for the success of the 6th Ministerial Meeting, to be held in Hong Kong at the end of this year.

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