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Jakarta Post

WTO agrees to set up panel to rule on US clove cigarette ban

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 21 2010   /  09:21 am

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has agreed to establish a panel to rule on Indonesia’s complaint that a US ban on clove cigarettes aimed at preventing teenagers from starting to smoke was discriminatory, a government official says.Trade Ministry Director General of International Trade Gusmardi Bustami said the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) agreed during their second court session on July 20 to establish a panel to rule on the issue.“It agreed to establish a panel of experts despite ongoing US objections,” he told The Jakarta Post via telephone.He said the panel of three judges would be assisted by third parties consisting of representatives from Guatemala, Brazil, the EU, Turkey and Norway.The US raised its objections on the establishment of a panel in the first DSB court session in June.“In the second court session, the US did not have the right to raise objections, s...