233. Memorandum From the Chairman of the Trade Policy Committee (Dent) to the Trade Policy Committee1
- Agricultural Organization in the MTN
The Trade Policy Committee met on April 11, 1975 to discuss two difficult problems that had been preventing progress on agricultural issues in Geneva and had prevented work on grains from going forward in London.2 I am pleased to report to you that on May 8, the MTN Agriculture Group adopted a decision in this area, that allows these negotiations to move forward, consistent with our objectives.3
The text was worked out through weeks of effort by Secretary Butz and myself, and members of our staffs, and representatives of other countries and the European Economic Community. It is a compromise that depends on further goodwill for its implementation. Its significance is that it does recognize that the Tariff and Non-Tariff Measures Groups have the competence to evolve general rules which can govern industrial and agricultural products alike. This will strengthen our hand in keeping agriculture from being isolated.
Furthermore, the text recognizes that the agricultural aspects of general rules, when they are dealt with by the Agriculture Group will be undertaken in conjunction with the work of Tariffs and Non-Tariffs Measures Groups. This folding back in of the work on the agriculture side is in direct furtherance of the negotiating objectives contained in Section 103 of the Trade Act.
A copy of the text is attached.[Page 801]
- Source: Ford Library, L. William Seidman Papers, Box 38, Economic Policy Board Subject File, Agriculture—Multinational Trade Negotiations. No classification marking.↩
- See Document 231.↩
- Telegram 3369 from USDel MTN Geneva, May 9, reported on the meeting. (National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy Files)↩