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SUNS #4405
Tuesday, 30 March 1999


Trade: Supachai leading over Moore, both face blockage (Chakravarthi Raghavan, Geneva)

Trade: Millennium Round a minefield for developing nations (IPS, Bangkok)

Europe: Media joins the war on Yugoslavia (IPS, Rome)

Europe: Politicians uneasy over NATO blitz (IPS, London)

Russia: Anti-Western backlash over NATO bombings (IPS, Moscow)

Asia: NATO strikes cause unease on separatist movements (IPS, Bangkok)

Africa: Anyone to solve African wars? (IPS, Johannesburg)

Trade: Supachai leading over Moore, both face blockage

Geneva, 28 Mar (Chakravarthi Raghavan) -- Thailand's deputy prime minister Supachai is still leading over New Zealand's Michael Moore, in a field of two in the race for the top job at the WTO, but both face a situation where supporters of one are being denied consensus by supporters of the other.

In providing such an assessment to a rare Saturday meeting of the General Council, Chairman Ali Mchumo of Tanzania (who has been conducting consultations with facilitator Amb. Rossier of Switzerland), said members with difficulties over one or other candidate should now show flexibility to enable an election "without a vote or a veto".

The report of Mchumo provided no figures of the support for the two candidates, and perhaps was thus not so transparent. But it suggested that the American hopes that Moore will take the lead, after the withdrawal of Morocco's Abouyoub has not so far come true.


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