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Seven L.American countries to meet on EU tariff hike
2005-01-26 02:25:45 XinhuaEnglish

QUITO, Jan. 25(Xinhuanet)-- Presidents and foreign ministers of seven Latin American banana-producing countries will meet here Wednesday to discuss common positions against a decision by the European Union(EU) to increase tariff on bananas.

The seven countries, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama
and Nicaragua, believed the 230-euro(about 299US dollars) tariff charged for every metric ton of banana until 2006 was unacceptable. They want a more reasonable arrangement, local media reported.

The new EU rate was 155 euros(about 201.5 dollars) higher than before.

Leaders from the seven countries will sign a declaration after the meeting and kick off a fight for dialogue with the EU.

Agricultural Minister of Ecuador Leonardo Escobar said they need to have a face-to-face dialogue with the EU to discuss the tariff increase, which was believed to be aimed at benefiting former European colonies in Africa.

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