11 March, 2007

no FTA for you

"WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday that free trade talks with the United Arab Emirates would not be completed by an end-of-month deadline.

The United States, however, remains committed to wrapping up an agreement and expects to resume negotiations at a later point, said Gretchen Hamel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative. It was unclear when talks would resume.

Last month, negotiators made some progress on issues including the environment, e-commerce and copyrights, the Emirates Ministry of Finance and Industry said.

But major sticking points include Washington's insistence on improvement of laborers' rights and the country's overall human rights record."
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