Trade campaigners lambast US and EU after WTO talks fail

Third world countries have gained power in world trade negotiations despite the collapse of the WTO summit in Mexico this week, according to one of Britain's main overseas development charities.

"The new power of developing countries backed by campaigners around the world has made Cancun a turning point," said Phil Bloomer, Oxfam's head of advocacy. "World trade negotiations will never be the same again."

The talks failed when a group of African and Asian countries walked out, but campaigners blamed the US and the EU. "The rich countries played WTO roulette and have brought the system to the brink of collapse," said Barry Coates, director of the World Development Movement. ActionAid also condemned the US and the EU, but added that "no deal is better than a bad deal."

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