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Pressure mounts on India to compromise as food impasse imperils WTO

Published on Dec 5, 2013 8:04 PM
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India's Minister for Commerce and Investment Shri Anand Sharma talks to jounalists during a press conference on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) conference in Nusa Dua, on Indonesian resort island of Bali, on Dec 5, 2013. India on Thursday faced mounting pressure to compromise in a global impasse over food security that has cast the future of the WTO into doubt.-- PHOTO: AFP

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) - India on Thursday faced mounting pressure to compromise in a global impasse over food security that has cast the future of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) into doubt.

New Delhi's insistence that it be allowed to stockpile and subsidise grain for its millions of hungry poor has emerged as a major stumbling block at a WTO conference of trade ministers in Bali.

The WTO has warned that failure to reach a compromise on that and other issues could provide the nail in the coffin for the body's 12-year-old effort to remove trade barriers, which is at a stalemate.

"This is a fundamental issue. We will never compromise," Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma told reporters.

 
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