Ambassadors from forty developing nations met in Brussels, the Belgium capital, on Wednesday (January 23) with delegatee of the European Economic Community Commission (EEC).
Ambassadors from forty developing nations met in Brussels, the Belgium capital, on Wednesday (January 23) with delegatee of the European Economic Community Commission (EEC). They were continuing talks to thrash out their future relationship with the Community.
Mr. Laurent Nzeyimani, Burundi's ambassador to the EEC, pressed the EEC delegates to agree to complete duty free entry to Community markets for all agricultural goods from the group.
In his reply Herr Hans Broder Krohn, head of the Commission's Development Aid Directorate, held out little hope of this.
Mr. Nzeyimani also announced that Foreign Ministers from the group would meet again in Zaire next month of from the outlines of commor position, and decide on their future approach to the talks.
The negotiations, which began in October,have advanced slowly and observers believe little progress can be expected before the Zaire meeting, due to begin on February 13.
If the bargaining between the developing nations and the EEC is successful the economic relationships of more than 60 countries will be fundamentally changed and a vast new trading block created which will extend across two continents.
The hope in Brussels has been that the developing countries would choose the "yaounde" model -- the agreement the French speaking African countries have with the EEC, which expires at the end of January 1975.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was one of a series to thrash out the developing countries' future relations with the EEC. The result could be vast new trading block.
The target date for agreement is February 1 next year -- a month after the expiry of the trade pact between the French speaking African nations and the Community.
Foreign Ministers of the forty will meet in Zaire next month to decide on their future approach to the negotiations. There, said Mr. Nzeyimani, clear and precise guidelines would be laid down.