Forty-six Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (ACP) countries attempted to complete lengthy and troubled negotiations with the Common Market in Brussels on Thursday (30 January).
Forty-six Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Ocean (ACP) countries attempted to complete lengthy and troubled negotiations with the Common Market in Brussels on Thursday (30 January). They are centred around a long-term trade and aid deal to replace two existing conventions.
Discussions with 15 sugar-producing countries lead by Jamaica broke down in disagreement on Wednesday (29 January). The European Economic Community is keen to clinch the overall deal during the session, but Jamaican Trade Minister Percival Patterson said nothing would be possible without a satisfactory sugar agreement.
The sugar talks, taking place within the EEC executive commission on prices for the next seven years, have so far been marked by acrimony on both sides. The Community has so far refused to budge from its offer of about GPB150 sterling (335 U.S. dollars) a tonne for guaranteed purchases of up to 1.4 million tonnes.
The overall talks, over the trade and aid agreements to replace the existing accords that associate 22 of the 46 ACP countries to the Community, are also bogged down in disagreement.
The Community's Council of Ministers, led by Irish Foreign Minister Garret Fitzgerald, met with nine selected negotiators from the 46 ACP states, led by Senegalese Finance Minister Babacar Ba on Thursday in an effort to resolve their differences.