Delegates from 14 Commonwealth sugar-producing countries met britain's chief Common Market negotiator, Mr. Geoffrey Rippon,?
Delegates from 14 Commonwealth sugar-producing countries met britain's chief Common Market negotiator, Mr. Geoffrey Rippon, in London of Wednesday ( 2 June ). The delegates were expected to press for firmer safeguards on the future of their sugar trade. After meeting on the eve of the talks, ministers and high commissioners from the 14 countries declared that the provisional agreement, reached by Mr. Rippon with the common Market, was inadequate. During the morning meeting, Mr. Rippon told the delegates that it was his belief that they had no better guarantee for the future.
A small group of about twenty demonstrators from the World Development Movement stood outside the meeting at Lancaster House. They carried placards reading " NO SELL OUT ON SUGAR " AND "STAND FIRM ON SUGAR QUOTAS".
The issue of Commonwealth sugar has been one of the main stumbling blocks for Britain's entry to the Common Market. The provisional agreement on sugar, reached in Brussels last month does not provide for guarantees on prices and quantity of sales after the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement expires in 1974.
The talks between Mr. Rippon and the Commonwealth delegates were expected to last two days.
SYNOPSIS: Lancaster House in London, was the scene on Wednesday of talks between delegates from Commonwealth sugar-producing countries and Britain's chief Common Market negotiator, Geoffrey Rippon.
Ministers and High Commissioners from the Caribbean members were the first to arrive for the meeting. A total of fourteen countries were represented at the closed-door session. They were expected to press for firmer safeguards for the future of their sugar trade. After a meeting on the eve of the talks, the delegates declared, that the provisional sugar agreement, reached by Mr. Rippon with the Common Market, was inadequate.
Mr. Rippon told the delegates that they had no better guarantee for the future, under the provisional agreement.
About twenty demonstrators from the World Development Movement, protested the sugar agreement reached by Mr. Rippon. A spokesman for the group said that we want to make sure that, if Britain joins the Common Market, the developing countries do not pay the price. They said that Mauritius, Fiji, and countries in the West Indies are greatly dependent on their sugar trade.