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    Uruguay Press 'Kept Mute' on State's Leaving TiSA Talks

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    Media in Uruguay kept silent on both the country's participation in the TiSA talks and on its leaving the negotiations, the executive director of the Third World Institute, headquartered in Montevideo, said Friday.

    GENEVA (Sputnik) — TiSA is a proposed international trade deal, initiated by the United States and the European Union, to open up trade in services to a greater degree than allowed by the current General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Last month, Uruguay announced that it had pulled out of the multilateral negotiations. Paraguay followed the example shortly afterward.

    "The whole thing has been so secret that nothing has been published in any of the Uruguayan press, about it being in TiSA or out of it either. All that has been published was from the US trade department," Roberto Bissio said on the sidelines of the WTO Public Forum.

    He added that, according to "reliable sources," the Paraguayan negotiators, as well as their Uruguayan colleagues, discovered "quite early" that "this club was really not going to work for their benefit."

    "The reasons were enormous assimilarities in the capacities of the countries involved," Bissio pointed out.

    Critics say the so-called toxic TiSA deal attempts to eliminate trade barriers in sectors favorable to Washington but not in areas where liberalization does not serve US interests and paves the way for coordinated, supranational labor laws, medical systems, finance and industrial policy that could undermine local a government's ability to protect its citizens.


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