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Ambassador Dacio Castillo (Honduras)
Bolivia, Plurinational State of
153. The representative of Bolivia said his delegation also wished to thank the Secretariat for preparing the updated document and for organizing the corresponding briefing session. Bolivia was a co-sponsor of document IP/C/W/385 in 2002 and the arguments put forward in that document remained the same. He said that allowing the full range of dispute settlement tools to apply to the TRIPS Agreement might permit challenges to the use of TRIPS flexibilities in the absence of any violation of the Agreement, thus causing a level of uncertainty to national regulators that would be very difficult for Bolivia to accept. His delegation therefore believed it important that the Council decide on the inapplicability of non-violation complaints within the framework of the TRIPS Agreement.