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1]	 Confusion worse confounded (C.Raghavan) (20 Dec 99):

 The situation of confusion and extra-legality, if not illegality, in
which the Seattle Ministerial Conference ended on 3 December night,
appears to have been compounded by the decisions, and non-decisions, of
the Special Session of the General Council on 17 December.

2]	 Initiate reform of WTO, says G77 chairman (M. Khor) (19 Dec 99):

 Developing countries must use the next few months wisely to put the World
Trade Organisation on the road to review and reform, now that the stalled
Seattle Conference has afforded them the opportunity to do so, according
to the Chairman of the Group of 77.

3]	 Convert development rhetoric into substance (C.Raghavan) (17 Dec

 The legitimacy of the WTO, as of any international organization, depends
on the universality of membership, participatory decision-making and fair
sharing of the benefits of the system. In presenting this view at the
Seattle Ministerial Conference, UNCTAD Secretary-General, Rubens Ricupero
called on the WTO to give effect to efforts of developing countries to
become full-fledged, and not shadow, members of the system.

4]	 The messy WTO becomes messier (C.Raghavan) (17 Dec 99):

 The General Council of the World Trade Organization implicitly agreed on
17 December that the Seattle Ministerial Conference has ended, when the
Council acted on the report of the working party on Jordan and accepted
the protocol of accession and the schedule of commitments in goods and

5]	 Human face to globalisation - a pipedream without WTO reform (S.
Singh) (16 Dec 99):

 As a chorus of leading voices from around the world calls for
globalization with a human face, there appears to be a deafening silence
on the part of those who currently benefit the most to more equitably
distribute the spoils of the globalization process.

6]	 Clearing up Seattle mess needs acknowledgement first (C.Raghavan)
(16 Dec 99):

 Members of the WTO were holding several bilateral and plurilateral
consultations and meetings among themselves on the Special Session of the
General Council due to be held 17 December, on possible scenarios and
actions and decisions. While many envisage a short technical meeting ,
several delegations noted that no clear picture is likely until perhaps
just before the meeting.

7]	 Building up on Seattle, after stopping the steamroller (B.L.Das)
(15 Dec 99):

 The developing countries were able to stop the steamroller at Seattle and
thereby saving themselves from yet another set of iniquitous obligations
and unfair WTO processes. The road after Seattle is more difficult for the
developing countries, with various factors coming into play
simultaneously. All this calls for continuing and strengthening the
preparation of developing countries in Geneva and in capitals, with these
countries, as well as the institutions and organisations assisting them
working  in close harmony all the time.

8]	 WTO getting into legal tangles and knots (C.Raghavan) (15 Dec

 The 'rules-based' World Trade Organization appears to be getting into
more and more legal tangles about the status of the 3rd Ministerial
Conference and the end of the Seattle process, and involving a power
tussle of sorts, among and between members and the WTO secretariat.

9]	 Follow-up to a Ministerial meeting that never (formally) was?
(C.Raghavan) (14 Dec 99):

 The Seattle meeting or process ended in 'confusion' at the Seattle
Conference Centre on the midnight of 3 December. Clarification on what
exactly happened or did not, and what documents, formal and informal, have
been issued has been eluding everyone since then. Back in Geneva, a
special session of the General Council has been set for 17 December, with
one of the three items of the draft agenda being listed as: "Follow-up to
the Seattle Ministerial Conference."

10]	 Moore puts more spin on Seattle debacle (S. Singh) (8 Dec 99):

The Director General of the WTO, Mike Moore, said here that he would start
consultations to bridge consensus in remaining areas through an
all-inclusive process. He said he was taking this initiative on the basis
of the directive to this effect from the Chairperson of the Seattle
Ministerial Conference, Mrs. Charlene Barshevsky. But at the Seattle
meeting itself , several delegates had said that, to their knowledge, no
decision had been taken on the process forward beyond Seattle. The full
text of Moore's press statement is reproduced above.

11]	 The revolt of developing nations (M.Khor) (6 Dec 99):

The Seattle WTO Ministerial Conference that was supposed to launch a new
Round collapsed, with no new Round, no Seattle Declaration, or even a
brief joint statement to thank the hosts or decide on the follow-up
process. In the aftermath of its collapse, there will be many theories and
analyses on what happened. Of the possible causes for the Seattle debacle,
the more basic cause was the non-transparent and undemocratic nature of
the WTO system, the blatant manipulation of that system by the major
powers, and the refusal of many developing countries to continue to be on
the receiving end.

12]	 US, Moore rebuffed, WTO Ministerial ends in failure (C.Raghavan)
(4 Dec 99):

The 3rd Ministerial meeting of the WTO ended in shambles a little before
midnight on 3 December, with the US and the WTO head, Mike Moore being
handed down a severe rebuff, and the trading system facing the worst
failure in its 51-year old history. No new round was launched, nor was
there any agreement for one. Without a Declaration, all that delegates
could take back to their capitals was a one-page final plenary statement
of US Trade Representative and Chair of the Conference, Mrs. Charlene

13]	 A theatre of the absurd at Seattle (C.Raghavan) (5 Dec 99):

The above report gives a rundown of the proceedings and events that took
place at the Third WTO Ministerial Conference, from when delegates began
arriving in Seattle, right up to the final plenary and closing speech by
Conference Chair, Charlene Barshefsky.

14]	 Closing remarks by Conference Chair, Mrs Charlene Barshefsky
(TWN) (5 Dec 99):

The following are the closing remarks made at the end of the Third
Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, in the plenary on
3 December, by the Conference Chair, Mrs. Charlene Barshefsky.

15]	 NEWS FROM SEATTLE (M. Khor) (4 Dec 99):

The above is a summary of the proceedings that took place during the
closing stages of the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference in Seattle. No
legitimacy or credibility in Seattle process and results - Third World

16]	 Groups Denounce Undemocratic and Bullying Tactics at Seattle (TWN
statement) (3 Dec 99):

The Third World Network issued a statement and held a press conference in
the Media Room at about 5 pm on 3 December 1999. The statement expressed
outrage at the way developing countries were being treated, and called for
the Seattle talks to be adjourned and that the General Council in Geneva
be authorised to do follow up work instead. The statement is reproduced

17]	 US power play to force down its will (C.Raghavan) (2 Dec 99):

In this report on the informal meetings and consultations taking place on
2 December, it would appear that US Trade Representative Charlene
Barshefsky and WTO Director-General Mike Moore, seemed poised to change
tactics and engage in a power-play to spring a draft declaration on the
conference and force it through.

18]	 GRULAC, Africans protest non-transparency, threaten walkout
(C.Raghavan) (3 Dec 99):

WTO members from the Latin American and Caribbean region, and African
members, in separate statements on 2 December, protested at the host
country tactics and utter lack of transparency in the processes at the
Ministerial meeting here and threatened to withhold consensus from any
final outcome. The protests came on a day of increasing power play and
secret manoeuvres by USTR and Chair of the Ministerial, Charlene
Barshefsky and WTO DG, Mike Moore.

19]	 Developing countries express disappointment over textiles (TWN)
(3 Dec 99):

In a statement to the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference, ministers from
countries which are members of the International Textiles and Clothing
Bureau (ITCB) have expressed "continued disappointment and concern about
the manner in which the major developed countries have been implementing
the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (ATC)."

20]	 Clinton uses demonstrations to push labour standards (C.Raghavan)
(2 Dec 99):

US President Bill Clinton used the street demonstrations and protests in
Seattle against the WTO to push for trade-linked labour standards at the
WTO. At an address to Trade Ministers, over a US government-hosted
luncheon by the Chair of the 3rd Ministerial, Mrs. Charlene Barshefsky,
Clinton urged the ministers to agree to a WTO working group on trade and
labour standards. But judged by the conversations of the Ministers from
developing countries, Mr. Clinton won no ground.

21]	 Working groups hear views, decisions cooking up in 'green rooms'?
(C.Raghavan) (2 Dec 99):

The four working groups at the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference began their
meetings and work, as evidence emerged of renewed manipulative processes
towards a draft ministerial text that many delegations privately suspect
has been drawn up by the WTO head and the US Chair.

22]	 European Ministers oppose EC decision on biotech working group
(M. Khor) (2 Dec 99):

A decision by the European Commission to agree to the US-led proposal to
establish a new WTO working party on biotechnology has generated a storm
of protests not only from environment and development NGOs but also from
European Ministers of Environment. Environment Ministers from 15 European
countries were reported to have voiced opposition.The EC proposal drew
considerable anger from environment and development groups which saw it as
an act of betrayal of the Biosafety Protocol as well as to the EU
countries' commitment to environmental and safety measures regarding
genetic engineering.

23]	 Positions the same in investment, competition (M. Khor) (2 Dec

Discussions on "new issues" started at the WTO Ministerial meeting, with
countries reportedly sticking to their former positions on investment and
competition policy. The discussions took place at the working group on
"Singapore Agenda and Other Issues", chaired by the New Zealand minister.
Several delegations called for negotiations on agreements for investment
and competition policy to be launched at the Seattle meeting. But many
other countries said the issues were not yet ripe for negotiations and
that the further study of these issues should continue.

24]	 Street protests, some violent, disrupt WTO Ministerial
(C.Raghavan) (1 Dec 99):

Tens of thousands of street protestors blocked the roads to "shut down the
WTO", forcing the abandonment of the opening ceremonies and disrupting the
3rd Ministerial Conference of the WTO on 30 November. The conference
eventually met later in the day, where it heard some ministerial
statements and established five working groups to "negotiate" the text of
a ministerial declaration.

25]	 Developing nations reject labour issues in WTO (C.Raghavan) (1
Dec 99):

Some key developing nations joined together at the plenary sessions of the
WTO to reject efforts of the US and EU to bring the labour standards issue
into the WTO. Brazil, India and Hong Kong-China were among those who spoke
up clearly and firmly on this issue.

26]	 Let UN agencies tackle labour and environment, says Annan (TWN)
(1 Dec 99):

In an address to the Third Ministerial meeting of the WTO on 30 November,
the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Kofi Annan said that
labour and environment issues should not be used as pretexts for 'trade
restrictions' and they were better dealt with by the specialized UN
agencies promoting their cause.

27]	 Militancy outside, defensive mood inside (C.Raghavan) (29 Nov

As the 3rd Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization kicked
off here, with an officially-organized pre-Conference event of an NGO
symposium, the contrast between the mood of militancy outside and the
defensive mood of promoters of the neo-liberal trade order inside the WTO
was stark.

28]	 NGOs unimpressed with "dialogue" and transparency attempt
(Cecilia Oh) (29 Nov 99):

The WTO's attempt to win over its civil society critics through organizing
a symposium failed when the organizers came under fire for their choice of
speakers and their failure to deal with the public's criticisms of the
WTO. Among those who spoke during question time, Martin Khor of the Third
World Network said that many of the NGO participants were upset and
disappointed by the way in which the symposium had been conducted, with it
being less of a dialogue and more of a lecture. Moreover, the Panel was
not balanced, with key NGOs critical of the WTO, not being represented.

29]	Confusion is the 'trade order'at Seattle (C.Raghavan) (28 Nov 99):

Less than 48 hours before the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference opens here,
there is an air of confusion over Seattle - confusion not only over the
substance of the meeting, but even more about the physical arrangements
and facilities for delegates, the media and others. The EU made it clear
that for the EC, "investment and competition policy" in the next round was
a must, and in private meetings with key developing countries, it has made
clear that unless it's demands for WTO rules on these two new issues are
met, it will not agree to consider any developing country problems on

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