Negotiations, implementation and development: the Doha agenda
> The Doha Declaration explained
> The Implementation Decision explained
> How the negotiations are organized
> The Trade Negotiations Committee
However my fundamental concerns are still there, and my warning still stands. Avoiding the worst is no substitute for real progress in our work. Furthermore, we cannot pretend that the setbacks so far have been cost-free. The problem of negative linkages is still very much with us, and we must take care that we are not simply postponing the gridlock to Cancún. The consequences of doing so would be very serious for the Round as a whole.
We all know that we have other important deadlines coming up at the end of this month in the Dispute Settlement and Non-agricultural Market Access negotiations. I hope that all participants will approach these deadlines with the same sense of commitment that was evident at the end of March.
In all, there are around a dozen issues requiring action before or at Cancún following the mandates agreed at Doha, some of which are outside the negotiations themselves. But all of these issues have something in common — our aim overall must be to focus our work on what needs to be done in Cancún to maximize the chances of success thereafter. A clear priority for our work on all of them in the immediate future must be to reduce this burden to manageable proportions by reaching understanding on as many of these issues as possible before the Ministerial Conference. Those issues which remain outstanding will need to be presented in a clear and operational manner.
I would like to stress my commitment to facilitate progress across all areas of the TNC's work. In the first instance, I will, of course, be continuing my consultations on implementation issues, which I have also raised in my recent conversations with Ministers.
The importance of the benefits this Round can offer to all participants is such that we cannot allow any issue to become a roadblock to progress elsewhere. I urge all of you to bear this in mind in the coming weeks.