00:51 GMT06 July 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Roberto Azevedo intends to depart from his post before the end of his term in 2021 amid the crisis of the organization’s dispute-settlement system, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

    Azevedo has served as the WTO chief since September 2013, and his second four-year term started in September 2017.

    Bloomberg reported that one of Azevedo's four deputies — Yonov Frederick Agah of Nigeria, Karl Brauner of Germany, Alan Wolff of the United States and Yi Xiaozhun of China — might serve as an interim caretaker until the end of his term in 2021.

    The report comes as the WTO is coming through a crisis in its system for resolving disputes between its members after Washington paralysed it by blocking new appointments to the seven-member Appellate Body last year.

    US President Donald Trump said that the WTO needed a major reform and suggested that Washington might withdraw from the organisation.

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