Costa Rica and EU Seek Exit for Association Agreement

Trade representatives from Costa Rica will meet with EU delegates to resume negotiations.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Bruno Stagno, Foreign Relations minister, and Marco Vinicio Ruiz, Commerce minister, will meet with Europe's foreign relations commissar, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, with the objective of unfreezing the negotiation process, which was paralyzed by the Honduran crisis.

"Costa Rica, which holds the presidency of the Central American Integration System, expects to discuss possible options for unlocking the Association Agreement with the EU, which includes Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras", reports Mipunto.com.



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