Central America awaits new offer from Europe
The Central American negotiating team, which met in El Salvador this week, repeated that it will not change its position at least until Europe changes its offer.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Rubén Morales, Vice-minister of the Economy for Guatemala, didn't discount the possibility that the pot would be sweetened on both sides of the table, but he said Central America will not make more concessions until Europe does the same.
Central America will preparing a "commercial offense" next week, prior to the fifth round of negotiations with the European Union.
Commerce authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica decided to resume negotiations in September.
The teams are fine-tuning a regional strategy to pressure the EU to begin discussions on sensitive topics such as sugar, banana, and fruits.
Next week in Costa Rica, the countries of the region will define their negotiation strategy with the European Union.
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