EU Arranges to Meet in Brussels with Central America

Following the suspension of round 7 of negotiations, Europe called together an "informal meeting" with Central America to try to overcome the conflict with Nicaragua.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Following the withdrawal of the Nicaraguan delegation, prompted by the rejection by the EU and the other Central American countries of the proposed establishment of a 60 billion Euro fund to fight poverty in this region, the reactions of various sectors were not long in coming, especially from Central American entrepreneurs who demanded the continuation of the talks with or without Nicaragua.

Meanwhile, the government of Nicaragua has shown signs of insistence that, in order to continue the Association Agreement negotiations, its proposal for the creation of the fund for said amount must be considered.

An article by DPA published in Laprensagrá said, "Although the European Commission could not confirm the meeting date, the sources said that there will be an attempt to bring the positions of the EU and Central America closer together at the meeting. On April 2, the seventh round of negotiations in Tegucigalpa was suspended due to Nicaragua’s position.” Statements from the European Commissioners for External Relations and International Trade, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Catherine Ashton were placed in a joint statement: "We are prepared to listen carefully to Nicaragua’s request and we will spare no effort to find a solution that suits both sides."

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