Trade conference opens amid disagreements
December 9, 1996
Web posted at: 12:20 p.m. EST (1720 GMT)
SINGAPORE (CNN) -- The World Trade Organization's ministerial
conference opened in Singapore Monday, with members of
developing nations making clear they would not bow to U.S.
insistence that they raise labor standards.
The United States, France, and Canada want workers' rights
and human rights disputes to be debated within the WTO, but
many other countries -- including Britain, Australia and
Germany -- argued that such issues should not be tied to
Divisions also exist among the 128 WTO members over an
Information Technology Agreement, in which the United States
is seeking to cut tariffs on computer and telecommunications
Correspondent David Clinch and Reuters contributed to this report.
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