He said the progress made by the Working Party on China's accession
this week has improved the prospects for a decision on China's entry
this November at the 4th Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar.
would be a splendid thing if Ministers could take this decision in
Doha and clear the way for China to join the family of governments at
our negotiating table. The very good work this week by member
governments and Working Party Chairman Pierre-Louis Girard
(Switzerland) has brought us one significant step closer to attaining
that objective. In any event, completion of the working-party process
will clearly constitute a major milestone,” Mr. Moore said.
Moore urged member governments to use the time available before the
next Working Party meeting during the week of 16 July to resolve all
remaining differences and agree on the documents that must be
completed before the Working Party can recommend China's accession to
are now very close, but we are not there yet. I urge governments to
make every effort to conclude these negotiations as quickly as
possible,” Mr. Moore said.
a week of intense negotiation, the Working Party on China's accession
reached agreement in important areas of its work and succeeded in
isolating the remaining differences. The next working party meeting is
scheduled for the week of 16 July. Ambassador Girard told member
governments that he expected that meeting to focus on comprehensive
drafts of the Working Party Report and Protocol of Accession.