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The member countries of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will miss their 30 April deadline to agree overall goals (called ‘modalities’) for the WTO Doha Development Round’s agriculture agreement talks.

Diplomats now say this agreement may not be reached until July.

However, there is no sign of the talks collapsing, with governments agreeing to stage a series of two week negotiations sessions, punctuated with consultation periods in national capitals, allowing diplomats to ask ministers for political decisions backing their negotiating stances.