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Last updated: 30 November, 2005 - Published 17:01 GMT
 
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WTO agreements 'disastrous'
 
Activists are urging the Sri Lankan government not to enter into any agreement at the World Trade Organisation talks next month.

Protest in Kandy
Trade unions in anti-globalisation protest

The Alliance for the Protection of National Resources and Human Rights (APNRHR) say that any commitment to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong will be "totally disastrous" to the country.

APNRHR is an alliance of environmentalists, trade unions, non governmental organisations and anti-global activists.

The WTO will hold its sixth ministerial conference in Hong Kong in December to get a global commitment for future trade plans.

Speaking to media in Colombo, APNRHR committee member Sarath Fernando warned, "if the government agrees to WTO terms, we will lose almost all our resources".

Global market "most inefficient"

Francois Houtart of the Centre tricontinental (CETRI) in Belgium, who attended the media briefing in Colombo said that the global market is "the most inefficient system that the world has ever seen".

He said that the WTO leading the global market economy "erodes the environment and human resources, which should be safeguarded for the upkeep of the global economy".

Sarath Fernando told BBC Sandeshaya that the proposed WTO agreement on trade in services, agriculture and non agricultural market access "will rob the country of it's natural wealth".

He added that these agreements will have a negative effect on almost all third world countries.

 
 
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