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Jakarta Post

RI seeks options for WTO ruling on US ban of clove cigarettes

  • Linda Yulisman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 6 2011   /  08:00 am

Indonesia is considering appealing the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recent ruling that supported the United States’ ban on imports of clove cigarettes, according to officials.

“We have not taken any position on the ruling and we’ll have 60 days to convey our position. We’ll study the ruling, such as the scientific evidence regarding whether flavored cigarettes encourage teenagers to smoke,” Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu told a press conference at her office on Monday.

The WTO judges concluded in their report on Friday that a US ban on clove cigarettes aimed at preventing teenagers from smoking was discriminatory as clove and menthol-flavored cigarettes were “like products.”

However, they said Indonesia had failed to prove the ban was unnecessary, saying that the ban was a legitimate approach to prevent teenagers from smoking.

“The pan...