Minutes - TRIPS Council Special Session - View details of the intervention/statement

Ambassador C. Trevor Clarke (Barbados)
B.i Meeting of 23 October 2009, p.m.
24. The Chairman recalled that his first question suggested a two-way exchange between Members. While asking the other side to explain its views was acceptable, the formulation of the Chair's first question invited Members also to explain what legal obligations were or would be acceptable to them. By approaching the problem from both sides, the Chair would then be able to see more clearly how close Members could get in positions. Members knew better what process the register was supposed to facilitate and what would be the legal implications from taking the information into account. While he was aware that Members' views regarding what legal obligations were acceptable ranged from "none" to "a lot", and that some Members were not wine and spirit producers, he called on Members to assess the implications for their respective countries and give pointed responses regarding what obligations they considered acceptable and unacceptable.