European Council rejects computer tariffs pact
December 10, 1996
Web posted at: 12:00 p.m. EST (1700 GMT)
SINGAPORE (CNN) -- Belgian Trade Minister Philippe Maystadt
said Tuesday that the European Council had rejected an
agreement between European and U.S. negotiators to reduce
tariffs on computers, software and computer components.
The minister said that negotiations were likely to continue,
although he did not elaborate on the council's reasons for
rejecting the pact. U.S. trade chief Charlene Bareshefsky
and her European Union counterpart Leon Brittan may meet
later Tuesday for more talks.
The two sides have been arguing over an Information
Technology Agreement for months, but wanted a final pact by
the end of this week's World Trade Organization ministerial
Reuters contributed to this report.
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