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Lamy asks for support on final stretch of negotiations

Mar '07
LAMY ASKS FOR SUPPORT ON "FINAL STRETCH" OF NEGOTIATIONS Director-General Pascal Lamy, at a seminar in Mexico City on 23 March 2007, asked Mexico and other members for support in concluding successfully the Doha Round. "We are not very far from that success — but this is the final stretch, and as in so many human endeavours, the last part is the most difficult", he said.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The expectation of travelling to Mexico City always brings to one's minds the idea of a bustling, modern and busy capital. It also brings to mind the history of this city, its impressive buildings, its Museum of Anthropology, with objects reminding us of the rich Aztec culture, its temples and mythology.

This is my first visit to Mexico since I took office as Director General of the WTO in September 2005, and I am very pleased to be here. I have come to tell you about the negotiations of the Doha Round and to ask for your support.

We are at a crucial moment of the negotiations, and I need all the support I can get — primarily of countries like Mexico. And I am sure that some help from the Aztecs Gods of nature, rain and agriculture, whose beautiful images are displayed in that Museum, would do us no harm.

Since its launching in Doha, Qatar, in 2001, these negotiations have not been an easy endeavour. But we have been learning a lot in the process, and I am convinced — looking back with the advantage of critical distance — that events such as theCancun Ministerial Conference, in 2003, have had a positive effect to the potential outcome of the Doha Development Agenda.

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