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    Ministers from Commonwealth sugar-producing countries began a two-day conference with the British Government on Wednesday (28 March) in London.

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    Ministers from Commonwealth sugar-producing countries began a two-day conference with the British Government on Wednesday (28 March) in London. They were meeting to discuss the future of their vital sugar exports to the enlarged European Economic Community.

    Britain's Agricultural Minister Joseph Godber is presiding at the conference. He faced sharp questioning from the Commonwealth producers on how the enlarged European Common Market would implement its 1971 assurances of the secure and continuing market at fair prices for their sugar after the Commonwealth sugar agreement expires at the end of 1974.

    Conference sources said Mr. Godber was re-assuring his Commonwealth colleagues that Britain stood by its earlier pledge and moral commitments to safeguard the interests of the sugar producers.

    The ministerial delegations from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, were expressing their concern to Mr. Godber about the increasing production of beet sugar in the Common Market countries. They fear that this could have an adverse effect on the European Community's commitment to continue importing 1,400,000 tons a Commonwealth cane sugar annually after 1974.

    Producing countries represented at the talks with Britain were jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, British Honduras, St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, Mauritius, Fiji, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Swaziland.

    As the conference opened at London's Lancaster House, demonstrators outside the building demanded that Britain should support sugar-cane producers. They pointed out that many Commonwealth sugar-cane producers depended on sugar exports for 90 per cent of their overseas sales.

    SYNOPSIS: Ministers from Commonwealth sugar-producing countries began a two-day conference in London on Wednesday. Their problem....selling Commonwealth cane sugar against European-grown beet sugar was highlighted by demonstrators.

    The Ministerial delegations from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific sharply questioned Britain's Agriculture Minister Joseph Godber. They wanted to know how the enlarged European Common Market would implement its 1971 assurances of a secure and continuing market at a fair price for their sugar when the Commonwealth sugar agreement expires at the end of 1974.

    Producing countries represented at the talks with Britain were Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana, British Honduras, saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, Mauritius, Fiji, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Swaziland.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA87QGMR4FUDDQ6CY3DKLW7YU1K
    Media URN:
    VLVA87QGMR4FUDDQ6CY3DKLW7YU1K
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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