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Kirk Says Too Early to Gauge Canada-Colombia Pact

July 22 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk says it’s too early to gauge the impact of the Canada-Colombia trade agreement on U.S. producers.

Kirk, who met Canadian Trade Minister Peter Van Loan today in Ottawa, told reporters he “values” the partnership with Colombia.

He also said that World Trade Organization negotiations on a new trade accord, which have been dogged by clashes between rich and poor economies since they began in Doha, Qatar in 2001, will progress when advanced emerging countries are ready to make concessions.

Countries like Brazil, China, Russia and India have already benefited “extraordinarily” from the access they have to markets in the U.S., Canada and the European Union and must now prepare to make some of the “very difficult decisions” required to conclude the Doha round, Kirk said.

“The surest way to bring the Doha round of development talks to a conclusion is to begin with a dose of reality,” Kirk said. “Let’s look at the world as it is today and not as it was 15 years ago.”

The Group of 20 industrialized and emerging nations want to reach an accord this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alexandre Deslongchamps in Ottawa at adeslongcham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net; David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net.

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