Brazil's chief negotiator at the Doha Round of trade talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) accused the United States of moving "countercurrent" regarding the liberalization of global agricultural trade and expressed uncertainty that negotiations can conclude this year.

    Roberto Azevedo in an interview with Folha de S. Paulo published Monday said "there is an unequivocal political will" by political leaders to conclude the Doha Round, but "rich countries are responsible for the current stalling".

    "United States is walking a little bit countercurrent on trade liberalization, especially in agriculture, because US agricultural subsidies payments have actually been increasing, while everywhere else they are decreasing", pointed out Azevedo who is Deputy Secretary of State for economic and technological affairs at the Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry.

    "The world's largest economies should be leading the way", said Azevedo adding that "the July 2006 positions which led to the suspension of negotiations – because of domestic farm support and market access policies – continue to be the cornerstone of US, EU and G-20 positions"

    Brazil is one of the leaders of the so-called G-20, a group of agricultural producers.

    "The G-20 wants this round to live up to its name of "Development Round. It wants rich countries to stop distorting agricultural trade," said Azevedo. "It wants protectionism to stop building un-surmountable barriers to have access to markets; G-20 believes in fair and balanced trade."

    "It is not fair that a farmer in a developing country must compete with the treasury of a rich country," highlighted Azevedo.

    The Brazilian negotiator said Europeans conducted a farm reform previous to the Doha round, "but incomplete". "It was for domestic consumption, and they would like to see advances in other areas so these reforms can be passed."

    However Azevedo disagreed with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who recently said he expected negotiations to be over by next April. "It's a negotiating scenario of an optimism I do not share".

    But Azevedo did agree that negotiations will re-start as was promised by world leaders in the recent World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. "There's no way the round won't materialize."

    And if the round fails or does not achieve its goal, "the WTO will face new tests, will have to learn to blend more interests, but under no circumstances is the existence of WTO at risk."

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    • Allan Brown teacher

      Ric you are one step below Allan Brown!!!
      That puts you somewhere between a Baboon and mentally challenged Orangutan… from Idaho, of course.

    • Allan Browns first grade teacher!!!

      Allan!!! This is your first grade teacher from Idaho…and very proud of you!!!
      That is what I like about you Allan Brown… you spelling and your brain power!!! You must be from Idaho…yes?

      SURE PLACE THE BLAME NOT WORK ON TELLING THE TRUTH AGAIN.

      WITH OUT FREDOM OF EXPRESION , SPEACH ,OR PRESS

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    • Concerned in Brazil

      It is always about agriculture for banana republics, inznit. When will Brazil drop its taxes on electronics? Software? Or ANY other imports?

      Sorry farmboys, the US, Canada and Europe needs to subsidize its farmers, there is no way middle class first world farmers can compete with slave owners and land stealers from the south. You know it, and our governments certainly know it. Pay your farm workers a decent wage, make farm owners purchase property instead of relying on “grilagem” and then maybe we can negotiate farm subsidies. Until then — or until you drop all import taxes and really crack down on pirate software, music and videos — SUCK IT UP and stop your sniveling and whining!

    • Ric

      Yes. Blaming the USA, what a novel idea. Who would have thought it.

    • u.s. border patrol

      Sounds great to me !!!

    • u.s. capitalism and associates

      Bravo maestro! Such ingenuity!! pure american brilliance…Just think of it, the brazilian manufacturer will be euphoric…the brazilian trade minister will be saluted by his peers…the airline will come out of bankruptcy… and most important of all the majority of americans will be delighted!!!……And of course lets not forget that the returning illegals would have jobs waiting for them in their homeland…..

    • u.s. capitalism

      look if brazil takes back its nationals in the u.s.a.( Illegal brazilians in the u.s.a. ) then we might promise to buy their flip flops … we could pledge to buy one pair of brazilian made flip flops for each returning illegal brazilian… we would give each returning illegal brazilian one pair as a travel favor … thus its a win win situation for all…

    • Forrest Allen Brown

      BRASILIANS PLACE THE BLAME ON US AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!
      SURE PLACE THE BLAME NOT WORK ON TELLING THE TRUTH AGAIN.

      WITH OUT FREDOM OF EXPRESION , SPEACH ,OR PRESS

      YOU ONLY WILL HERE ONE SIDE THERIS

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