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Relations Pacific Tuna Nations And EU “On A Knife Edge” Pacific Islands Nations, June 13, 13

Trade relations between the Pacific and Europe are on a knife edge.
Pacific Trade Ministers have still had no reply from Europe to their threat to walk away from long-running Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.
Earlier this week, Islands Business magazine obtained a copy of a letter sent to European Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht by the Pacific’s lead spokesperson on the Economic Partnership Agreement talks, Tonga’s Minister for Commerce, Dr, Viliame Uasike Latu.
In the letter Dr. Latu said Pacific Trade Ministers are alarmed at proposals being made by Europe and deeply concerned about Europe’s treatment of the region.
He told the Commissioner Gucht that if no tangible progress is made before the Pacific Islands leaders meeting in September, the negotiations for a much sought-after Agreement are likely to be terminated.
Despite publicity surrounding the leaked letter, Dr. Latu has not had a reply to that letter or to one sent last year.