About three-hundred delegates form forty-three developing countries began talks in Brussels on Wednesday (25 July) on their future relations with the European Economic Communist.
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Background: About three-hundred delegates form forty-three developing countries began talks in Brussels on Wednesday (25 July) on their future relations with the European Economic Communist.
The two-day meeting marks the first major dialogue between the enlarged Common Market and the developing world. The conference is being held at the Egmont Palace in Brussels, the nerve centre of the Common Market, amid tight security precautions.
The nine-nation EEC has organised the ministerial meeting with countries where it has traditional ties...including nineteen French-speaking states from Africa and the Indian Ocean which already have trade and aid ties with the EEC under the Yaounde Convention, twenty Commonwealth states from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific and five non-aligned African countries.
The aim of the Brussels conference is to set the stage for detailed negotiations starting in september when the European community hopes to work out new trade, economic and possibly aid agreements with these states.
While adopting a generally flexible position, the EEC in its opening statement made it clear that it would prefer any new relationship between the two sides to be modelled on the links the Common Market already has with the French-speaking African countries.
The conference will resume on Thursday morning (26 July), when spokesmen for the three main geographical areas are expected to give statements in reply to the EEC's stance.