In the snakepit

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At Cancun (“snakepit” in Spanish), it was widely expected that negotiations on agriculture would make or break the talks. However, delegates were quick to point to two other issues as equally damaging: (a) the manner in which the Cotton Initiative was methodically dismissed by the US; and (b) the poisonous EU gambit of pushing too hard to launch negotiations on the ‘Singapore issues’.

In their closing press conference, the group comprising the AU