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WTO backs Canada again in countryoforigin labelling appeal

DUNDURN, Sask. — An international trade referee has sided with Canada in a long-running dispute over labelling beef and pork products produced in this country.The World Trade Organization has ruled that U.S. rules that force country-of-origin labels on Canadian products violate trade agreements.[np-related]The decision is on an appeal of an original ruling from last fall that also went Canada’s way.Canadian meat exports to the United States have dropped sharply since that country first brought in country-of-origin labels.Shipments of feeder cattle and slaughter hogs have dropped by about half since 2009.Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz welcomed the trade organization’s decision. read more

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Albanian president pays first official visit to UNadministered Kosovo

In a joint news conference with President Alfred Moisiu in Pristina, the capital, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Harri Holkeri said the two agreed on the need to urge the Kosovo Albanians “to travel the extra mile to ensure that they regain the trust and confidence of their Kosovo Serb fellow citizens.” Mr. Holkeri thanked President Moisiu for Albania’s “helpful intervention” in calling for an end to the violence that erupted in Kosovo in mid-March, the worst to hit the province since the UN took over its administration nearly five years ago when NATO forced the withdrawal of Yugoslav troops after fighting between Albanians and Serbs. Mr. Moisiu said Albania wanted Kosovo to progress on the path of democratization and integration. “Violence is not the path that should be followed. The necessary and productive path is dialogue. This absolutely requires the desire of both sides and all involved, and I hope that this will be achieved with the support of UNMIK,” he added, referring to the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. Also today, Mr. Holkeri attended a memorial service for two United States UNMIK corrections officers killed at the Mitrovica detention centre on Saturday when at least one of five Jordanian UNMIK officers opened fire. “These deaths remind us of the dangers faced by the staff of the United Nations in the work for peace, justice and development around the world,” he said. “We must do everything to protect and preserve the integrity, solidarity and trust that United Nations staff normally extend to one another. That bond must remain inviolate. Making it so is the best tribute we could pay to these courageous individuals, and to their fallen comrades around the world.” read more

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