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June 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazil's president told a summit of South American leaders meeting in Carmen del Viboral, Colombia, that they must merge the continent's two largest trading blocs to force the United States to grant concessions in free-trade negotiations. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said greater regional integration would strengthen South America's bargaining position in talks for a proposed hemisphere-wide Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005.
October 9, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Clinton's bid for negotiating authority to create a hemisphere-wide free-trade area cleared a key legislative hurdle even though most Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee rejected his appeal for support. The panel approved the measure on a 24-14 vote with only four Democrats voting yes.
April 19, 2001
"Trade Pact for Americas Tops Agenda at Summit" (April 16), on the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, states that "the zone has enlisted almost unanimous support from South American leaders." On April 6, however, thousands of workers in Argentina gathered in Buenos Aires' Plaza de Mayo to vociferously protest the free trade pact. Buses carrying Brazilians traveling to join the demonstration were detained at the border and not allowed to participate in the protest. ELLEN McCRACKEN Santa Barbara
December 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Police conduct was a "disgrace for the community" during demonstrations in Miami at the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting, according to a judge presiding over several protesters' cases. In a court transcript, Circuit Judge Richard Margolius also said he saw at least 20 felonies committed by police. "Pretty disgraceful what I saw with my own eyes. And I have always supported the police during my entire career," Margolius said. "This was a real eye-opener. A disgrace for the community."
Say it loud or say it soft, it's never going to roll off anyone's tongue: FTAA, pronounced "ftaah." That's the acronym for the name U.S. and other negotiators came up with for the trading zone they plan to build among the nations of the Western Hemisphere: the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Earlier, officials had expected the new pact to be dubbed the Americas Free Trade Area, which produces a more mellifluous AFTA.
July 5, 2001 | Associated Press
A draft negotiating text for an agreement to create a hemisphere-wide free trade zone prompted praise from the Bush administration and criticism from opponents. The 434-page draft of the Free Trade Area of the Americas Agreement was posted on the Web site of the FTAA secretariat. President Bush and the leaders of 33 other countries involved in the negotiations had pledged in April at a summit in Quebec to make the draft document available. U.S.
March 20, 2000 | Bloomberg News
The European Union will kick-start formal negotiations today on a trade pact with the Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, in a bid to create the largest free-trade area in the world. European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy will conduct weeklong talks with officials from Brazil, which currently holds the rotating presidency of Mercosur--the only other single market initiative in the world outside the EU.
November 4, 2005
THERE IS LITTLE PRESIDENT BUSH can do at today's Summit of the Americas in Argentina to reverse the impression that Latin America remains on his diplomatic backburner and that Washington's influence in the region, while still considerable, is waning. The once-ballyhooed Free Trade Area of the Americas is a political nonstarter in much of South America, where a growing number of nations, disillusioned with Washington's free-market orthodoxy, have elected leftist-leaning governments.
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