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BRUSSELS : Trade Deal's Home Stretch

November 27, 1990

Four years of intensive negotiating by about 100 nations is scheduled to reach a climax next week when trade ministers converge on the Belgian capital to conclude a pact liberalizing trade in everything from computer equipment to tropical fruit.

Hanging over the talks is a longstanding dispute between the United States and the 12-nation European Community over continental agriculture subsidies that put American farmers at a disadvantage in competition for world markets.

The United States is also pressing to open trade in services and seeks international protection for patents, trademarks and copyrights.

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