The 16th General Assembly of the Alliance of Cocoa-Producing Countries concluded its week-long conference on Friday (28 May), in Abidjan without reaching agreement on cocoa problems.
GV exterior flags outside conference building
SV interior Cameroun delegates
SV Brazilian delegate
SCU M'Pouma speaking in French
SV delegates applaud (4 shots).
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): MR. M.'POUMA: IN FRENCH) "Taking into account the uncertainty which still surrounds the outcome of these discussions, the producing countries must now consider a replacement solution, in order to protect their interests themselves, in the case further negotiations on an international agreement on cocoa would again end up in the sort of failure we have seen for many years."
(SEQ. 6): MR. OSHINIBA: IN ENGLISH) "Important decisions were unanimously taken by the Alliance on a number of basic issues relating to the structure and content of an International Cocoa Agreement with customers. However, whilst hoping that an International Cocoa Agreement between producers and consumers would emerge in the near future, delegates were not unmindful of the checkered course followed by the negotiations over the last twelve years.
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Background: The 16th General Assembly of the Alliance of Cocoa-Producing Countries concluded its week-long conference on Friday (28 May), in Abidjan without reaching agreement on cocoa problems. The main topic to settle problems over cocoa prices, quotas, and stocks between consumers and the member countries of the Alliance -- Brazil, Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo.
Although an agreement was not reached, delegates were reminded of the difficult curse similar negotiations had taken over the past twelve years.
At the conclusion of the conference, Mr. Leonard M'Pouma, President of the Alliance made a final statement, and introduced Mr. A.O. Oshinibi from Nigeria, who read an Alliance communique.