Asia-Pacific leaders have called for urgent progress on stalled global trade talks at the end of their summit in Sydney. The so-called “Doha Round” has dragged on for six years. The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum wants a rapid resolution, as the group’s host, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, announced.
Briefing reporters on the summit, he said:
“We have also agreed on a leaders’ declaration and a statement of very strong support for the Doha Round and an urgent request to all countries involved in the Doha process to renew their efforts.”
APEC’s 21-member economies account for half of global trade.
The group earlier adopted a declaration on climate change.
Members agreed to a “long-term aspirational goal” to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Environmental campaigners say that, without binding targets, it is a failure.
For two days presidents and prime ministers have been meeting behind a tight security cordon, after police said they feared violent street protests. But demonstrations have been peaceful, with few arrests.