VI Round of Negoations with EU ends

The negotiations ended with important progress, although key issues such as banana continue to be stuck.

Friday, January 30, 2009

La Tribuna reports on its website: "In general there has been progress in the negotiations. However, a lot is being negotiated. There is progress, however, negotiations on issues such as banana have not been completed," the Guatemalan vice minister of Foreign Trade, Ruben Morales, at a press conference held at the end of five days of negotiations."

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