India Calls the Latest WTO Text "Totally Unacceptable"
In a move which reflects the fact that India has
joined with Russia and China in resisting the British, India on
May 20 said that the new WTO text ignoring livelihood concerns in
agriculture is "totally unacceptable" and that the country will
thwart rich nations' efforts to "divide and rule" (the
quintessential British method) growing countries on the issue of
tariff cuts on industrial products under the Doha trade talks.
India is upset that the new proposals, released by chairman
of the negotiating group on agriculture Crawford Falconer, have
set a limit on a safeguard mechanism for protecting its small and
India's Commerce Secretary G.K.Pillai said he felt let down,
as the revised texts on agriculture and industrial goods,
released on May 19 will not allow the developing countries to
shield their farmers and industries from cheap imports if an
agreement is signed on the lines of these proposals.