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Chambliss Statement on Collapse of Doha Trade Talks


Location: Washington, DC


U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Ranking Republican Member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the collapse of the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization after agriculture negotiations with the representatives from the United States, European Union, Brazil and India failed:

"I am disappointed trade ministers representing Brazil and India walked away from the negotiating table. Their unwillingness to reduce industrial tariffs is unfortunate and remains at odds with the goals of the Round.

"This is a lost opportunity to lower trade barriers around the world and to liberalize the agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors. The United States was willing to make necessary reforms, but Brazil and India were reluctant to make similar efforts to achieve a positive outcome. For the Round to be successful, it must create new trade flows in all sectors.

"Despite the breakdown in the talks, I would like to personally thank Ambassador Schwab and Secretary Johanns for strongly supporting farmers and ranchers in the negotiations. I appreciate their tireless efforts over the last several months and their service on behalf of U.S. agriculture."

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