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Andean Free Trade Negotiations Coming to Tucson, AZ

Andean Free Trade Negotiations coming to Tucson, 11/20-12/4/04. We need to organize around this.
Negotiations are coming to Tucson to finalize an Andean Free Trade Agreement--bad for the environment, and bad for workers everywhere!
The negotiations are held up around issues involving agriculture and intellectual property rights. The countries involved are the United States, Colombian, Peru, and Ecuador.

Considering the growing Latin American resistance to neo-liberalism, we may be able to play a role to help stop this agreement. If you are interested in helping organize for this important event, please contact me at: turnwind_az (at) yahoo.com or give me a call at 520-620-0480.

Thanks,
James

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From bilaterals.org
bilaterals.org/rubrique.php3

US-Andean countries

In May 2004, the US began negotiations with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru to reach some form of FTA with the three Andean countries -- and later, if US plans work out, Bolivia as well.

According to media reports, "There are three different scenarios under discussion about how to structure the free trade agreement with the US. The first would be one plurilateral agreement between the four countries. The second would be individual bilateral agreements between the US and each of the three Andean countries. The third would an agreement between the three Andean Community of Nations (CAN) members, who have obligations within the CAN, and the US. The US prefers the arrangement used in the CAFTA agreement, i.e. one plurilateral agreement among all parties. This option is not viable through the CAN because not all CAN members are involved in this FTA process with the US. Therefore, according to the head of the Colombian delegation, what may emerge is a plurilateral agreement between the US and a special bloc comprising Colombia, Ecuador and Peru."

A number of special tensions mark these FTA discussions. One is that the Andean countries are reluctant to go beyond their WTO obligations in terms of intellectual property rights. They keep expressing strong concerns about biodiversity, traditional knowledge and access to medicines. Another concern is in agriculture, where the Andean countries are reluctant to liberalise their markets on bilateral terms if the US will not agree to reduce domestic subsidies. An overarching concern is how the FTA would interact with Andean Community law: which would take precedence.

Indigenous peoples, farmers organisations, labour unions and other social movements are heavily mobilising to stop this FTA. The "TLC" or "TLC Andino", as it’s referred to in the region, is seen as a deep capitulation to US economic and political interests.

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