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Ambassador István Major (Hungary)
United States of America
125. The representative of the United States wished to make it clear that his delegation firmly believed that the concept of non-violation nullification or impairment was an important element of the WTO dispute settlement system and should apply to the TRIPS area as it did to other areas of the WTO. His delegation looked forward to discussing the scope and modalities of such disputes although it believed that Article 26 of the DSU was sufficiently clear to provide direction in any such dispute. Nevertheless, his delegation believed that the moratorium provided by Article 64.2 of the TRIPS Agreement should be allowed to expire on 1 January 2000. The United States could not agree to any weakening of the rights of Members in connection with the DSU.