Brazil Unmoved by Blair’s Appeal to Rescue Collapsed Doha Talks

British prime minister Tony Blair and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva British Prime Minister Tony Blair told President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in a telephone call that he is counting on Brazil's help to "save" the Doha round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) talks.

According to the Brazilian president's spokesman Marcelo Baumbach, Blair stressed in the 20-minute call that the next 48 hours will be decisive for the negotiations and reinforced the offers presented by the United States and the European Union at the meeting held in Potsdam, Germany last week.

Blair also urged Brazil to reduce its maximum tariffs on industrial imports from 35% to 12.73%. Lula da Silva said that he will continue to favour a less drastic cut on the tariffs, from 35 to 16%.

Disagreement with offers from the U.S. and the EU led the representatives of the other two parties, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and India's Commerce Minister Kamal Nath, to abandon the G4 Summit, aimed at reaching an agreement on the Doha round talks, two days before its deadline.

Baumbach said that Lula insisted, in his conversation with Blair, that the lack of equilibrium between what the round requests and what developed countries actually offered was the main reason for the failure of the talks in Potsdam.

The president took the opportunity to resume his proposal of a meeting relying on the participation of world leaders, so that political decisions were made in favour of the accomplishment of Doha.

President Lula argued that there is nothing left to be discussed regarding the technical aspects, and that, at the current stage of negotiations, only political will to move forward would lead to a final agreement.

"The key is now in the political dialogue and the improvement of offers from wealthier economies," said the spokesman.

Blair's intervention followed claims from United States and the European Union that the trade talks had collapsed because of Brazil's intransigence.

Brazil's Foreign Affairs minister Celso Amorim was quoted in the business daily Valor Economico stating that U.S. and European negotiators at World Trade Organization talks "agreed in advance to create a comfort zone for each other with reduced cuts in agricultural subsidies and less market access."

At the talks in Potsdam, Brazil and India said the United States failed to offer deep enough cuts in the billions of dollars of subsidies it pays annually to American farmers. The EU and the US said Brazil and India had refused to offer new market opportunities for their manufacturing exports.

"I could never make an agreement that betrays the interests of Brazil's industrial sector, a betrayal of Mercosur and a betrayal of the G-20 countries that trusted us," Amorin said.

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  • Philip

    to ch.c.
    Your opinion is not objective at all. The whole idea is about getting equilibrium and not who offers cuts than the other. You might think the Amercian farmer has more rights than the Brazilian, buts unfair if you look at equilibrium positions. Betray the USA farmers??? with al the money they currently get to keep there artificially in businesss and export to countries who produce it cheaper?

  • chucho

    you qre not bright

  • ch.c.

    Funny statement !!!!!!
    “I could never make an agreement that betrays the interests of Brazil’s industrial sector, a betrayal of Mercosur and a betrayal of the G-20 countries that trusted us,” Amorin said.

    THEN WHY SHOULD THE USA AND THE EU BETRAY THEIR FARMERS ??????

    Is that not simple ? Expecially knowing that our farmers have farmed our lands CENTURIES before Brazilian farmers started doing so !!!

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