Cancun talks 'must not fail'


Sept. 10, 2003 | BBC News | Trade Observatory:
The head of the UN, Kofi Annan, has urged rich countries to open their markets to the poor as five days of world trade talks begin in the Mexican resort of Cancun amid protests by development activists. Mr Annan, in a speech read out at the opening session, told delegates:

"I urge you to say 'no' to trade policies that aggravate poverty, and 'no' to practices that undermine aid .. And I urge you to say 'yes' to bold but sensible steps that will revive the global economy."

The mood was tense as thousands of ministers, officials, lobbyists and protesters converged on the swank holiday resort. MORE>


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