EGYPT/EU/USA: Egypt abandons US in WTO GM case
The Egyptian government has embarrassed the United States by withdrawing its name from a World Trade Organisation complaint against the European Union's de facto moratorium on the import of genetically modified foodstuffs. The decision - which follows intense EU pressure - is particularly galling for Washington, given President Bush's claim that European opposition to GM technology was worsening famine in Africa and the fact that Egypt had been the only African country to back the USA's case at the WTO.
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