• Short Summary

    REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SIX NATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET AND OF THE 18 AFRO-MALAGASY ASSOCIATES MET TODAY (THURSDAY) IN BRUSSELS TO DISCUSS RENEWAL OF THE UNTIE CONVENTION, WHICH LINKS THE TWO GROUPS.

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    PALAIS DES CONGRESS; DELEGATES SEATED; PRESIDENT THORN; M. BEDIE; DELEGATES




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    Background: REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SIX NATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN COMMON MARKET AND OF THE 18 AFRO-MALAGASY ASSOCIATES MET TODAY (THURSDAY) IN BRUSSELS TO DISCUSS RENEWAL OF THE UNTIE CONVENTION, WHICH LINKS THE TWO GROUPS. THE CURRENT CONVENTION IS DUE TO EXPIRE ON SATURDAY (31 MAY), BUT BECAUSE OF REPORTED DISAGREEMENT AMONG THE SIX, THERE IS LITTLE HOPE OF HAVING A NEW CONVENTION READY BY THEN.

    THE MEETING WAS CHAIRED BY M. GASTON THORN, ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY (EEC). M. THORN IS ALSO FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTERS OF LUXEMBOURG. M. KONAN BEDIE, MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS OF THE IVORY COAST, ACTED AS SPOKESMAN FOR THE 18 AFRO-MALAGASY STATES.

    THE EEC'S EXECUTIVE COMMISSION HAS ALREADY DRAWN UP PROVISIONS FOR CONTINUING COMMUNITY HELP TO THE 18 DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN EXPIRY OF THE FIVE-YEAR CONVENTION'S FIRST TERM AND THE START OF ITS SECOND TERM EXPECTED NEXT SUMMER.

    DISAGREEMENT AMONG THE SIX, HOWEVER, APPEARED WHEN EEC MINISTERS MADE PLANS TO RAISE THE LEVEL OF AID TO ITS 18 ASSOCIATES AND WERE UNABLE TO FIX THE AMOUNT. THE FORMER LEVEL WAS 730 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS (GBP380 MILLION STERLING). THE 18 HAVE ASKED FOR 1,500 MILLION U.S. DOLLARS (APPROX. GBP605 MILLION STERLING).

    THE SIX ALSO AGREED TO LOWER TARIFFS ON PALM OIL, COFFEE AND COCOA BUT AGAIN FAILED TO FIX LEVEL. THE THREE PRODUCTS ARE AFRICAN IMPORTS.

    IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE SIX WOULD ASK THEIR AFRO-MALAGASY ASSOCIATES IF THEY WOULD RETAIN PREFERENCES ON COMMUNITY INDUSTRIAL GOODS IF THE EEC NATIONS EXTEND TRADE PREFERENCES ON A GENERALISED BASIS TO ALL DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

    ACCORDING TO INFORMED SOURCES, THE GRANTING OF GENERALISED PREFERENCES WOULD, IN THE EYES OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES, DEPRIVE THE YAONDE CONVENTION OF MUCH OF ITS SUBSTANCE BY ABOLISHING THE PREFERENCES ENJOYED BY THEM IN RELATION TO OTHER DEVELOPING NATIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6U3B8D1Q4AHN95SFBRCMM3O3Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA6U3B8D1Q4AHN95SFBRCMM3O3Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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