Meeting in Brussels, the European Economic Community (EEC) and 54 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the so-called 'ACP' nations, on Monday (24 July) differed sharply on several key issues for an agreement to succeed the 1975 Lome (Togo) Convention.
SV PAN Delegates from Nigeria, Nigeria,Niger, and Mauritania seated at conference table
SV Delegates from Burundi, Upper Volta, Kenya, Lesotho and Senegal (3 shots)
SV President of ACP, Percival Patterson (Jamaican Foreign Minister) seated with Chairman
SV PAN EEC President, Roy Jenkins taking notes, TO delegates from Italy, Ireland and France
SV Delegates PAN TO ACP President Patterson talking
SCU Hans-Dietrich Genscher, (W. German foreign Minister), talking
GV Delegates listening (2 shots)
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Background: Meeting in Brussels, the European Economic Community (EEC) and 54 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, the so-called 'ACP' nations, on Monday (24 July) differed sharply on several key issues for an agreement to succeed the 1975 Lome (Togo) Convention. Detailed bargaining at the ambassadorial level will not begin until September, but the positions of the two groups on a new pact were outlined at the formal opening of negotiations. The aid and trade agreement, signed in Lome, expires in March 1980 and the discussions on the future 'Lome Two' Convention are expected to last several months.
SYNOPSIS: The conference will cover many of the issues which are at the centre of the relationship between the world's rich northern nations and their poor southern neighbours.
The ACP's President, Foreign Minister Percival Patterson of Jamaica, said that the new convention must represent a significant step forward. But, for the EEC, West Germany's Foreign Minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher maintained that the 1975 convention had proved itself, and so did not require sweeping changes.
There were also differences over the question of human rights. Mr. Genscher said that the Community's relations with the ACP states must be founded on the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But Mr. Patterson said the ACP members rejected any reference to human rights as inappropriate in a treaty dealing with trade and economic cooperation. He said this position was being taken because all ACP states, as U.N. members, already subscribed to the Declaration of Human Rights.
For Mr. Genscher, the human fights issue will pose problems. Some EEC members would like to be able to suspend the convention for countries infringing the human rights provisions. The ACP members say this would only be acceptable if the convention covered racism in Europe and the treatment of migrant labourers in the EEC.