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US requests panel to decide Guatemala labor case

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

\ The United States said it was requesting a dispute settlement panel to hear its year-old complaint that Guatemala has failed to protect workers' rights as required under the Cafta free-trade agreement.\ \ While Guatemala has taken some positive steps, its overall actions and proposals to date have been insufficient to address the apparent systemic failures, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said. The Obama administration is hoping to win approval of three long-delayed free trade pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia when Congress returns in September from its recess.\ \ Original source: Reuters\ \ \ \ \