India rejects WTO proposals in Bali, casting gloom over meet
NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AFP) - India said on Wednesday it could not accept a WTO proposal on food security, casting a gloom over a high-stakes conference tasked with salvaging the body's faltering efforts to liberalise world trade.
A proposal that New Delhi feels could endanger its efforts to subsidise food in the huge nation "cannot be accepted", India's Anand Sharma told his fellow commerce ministers gathered in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
"Agriculture sustains millions of subsistence farmers. Their interests must be secured. Food security is essential for four billion people of the world," he said.
"Yes, we have rejected it," he later told reporters, calling it a "final decision".