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| 4/20/2009 12:00:00 AM

USTR's Kirk: Will Start Review Of Colombia FTA Immediately

Apr 20 -- U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced plans Monday to immediately start reviewing the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements to resolve the outstanding issues before the deals can be submitted for a vote in Congress.

Kirk, speaking to reporters on a call to discuss the Summit of the Americas conference over the weekend, also said he believes the North American Free Trade Agreement could be improved without a full reopening of the trade pact.

"The president has said we will look at all of our options, but I think they can be addressed without reopening the agreement," said Kirk.

Strengthening the labor and environmental provisions of Nafta was a major plank in President Barack Obama's campaign last fall, but he has since taken a more pragmatic stance on the issue.
 
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