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SUNS #4392
Thursday, 11 March 1999


Trade: Canada's McLaren eliminated from WTO race? (Chakravarthi Raghavan, Geneva)

Trade: Caricom suspends treaty with U.S. over bananas (IPS, Paramaribo)

Central America: Clinton pledges 'fair' policy (IPS, Managua)

India: A green Chief Minister in a green State (IPS, New Delhi)

Canada: Moratorium on export of water (IPS, Ottawa)

Zimbabwe: Three Americans found with large arms cache (IPS, Harare)

Excerpts from selected articles:

Trade: Canada's McLaren eliminated from WTO race?

Geneva, 10 Mar (Chakravarthi Raghavan) -- The Canadian candidate in the race for the head of the World Trade Organization, Mr. Roy Maclaren, has the least chance of garnering a consensus and should be persuaded to withdraw to facilitate a consensus choice, WTO members have been reportedly advised.

The President of the General Council of the World Trade Organization, Tanzania's Ambassador Ali Mchumo who, with the assistance of the Swiss ambassador, William Rossier, is holding consultations on the choice of a Director-General, is reportedly conveying this assessment to members and to Canada suggesting they should persuade MacLaren to quit.

At the last count conveyed to the 2 March meeting of the General Council, Rossier had said that on the basis of the first choice indications, of the 118 members who responded, Thailand's Supachai Panitchpakdi had got 39, Morocco's Abouyoub 35, Canada's Maclaren 23 and New Zealand's Mike Moore the last with 21.

But taking the second preferences (of 74 who expressed such a view) into account, Rossier had reported, Moore had edged to the front with 32, Supachai second with 23, Abouyoub third with 11 and McLaren last with 8.

If this is the basis of the latest assessment (as some trade diplomats say) that McLaren trails the race and should withdraw, unless the developing countries decide to unite behind a single candidate and insist on that choice, trade diplomats said that Moore, the one who trailed last as a first preference choice among 118 members, and the not-so-public candidate of the United States, could be anointed as the consensus choice, unless one or other country decides to block him and is ready to be counted....... _________________________________________________________________

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