Officials must now tackle WTO problems: Canada

Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:09pm EDT
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OTTAWA (Reuters) - World Trade Organization chief Pascal Lamy must let officials try to deal with some of the problems that wrecked world trade talks before summoning ministers to restart negotiations, Canada said on Tuesday.

"There was progress on a few issues so I think he needs to build that into the (equation) and then -- through the work of senior officials -- take the time to try and come to a resolution on some larger issues, which were clearly big, big red lines, stumbling blocks over the past 10 days," said Canadian Trade Minister Michael Fortier.

"And then, once he's got that done, I think he could then consider perhaps calling ministers," he told reporters on a conference call after the WTO failed to agree on a new world trade deal in Switzerland.

(Reporting by David Ljunggren; editing by Rob Wilson)

<p>Michael Fortier (L) is sworn in as Canada's International Trade Minister while Prime Minister Stephen Harper watches during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa June 25, 2008. REUTERS/Chris Wattie</p>