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SUNS # 9347 Tuesday 18 May 2021

Trade : Co-sponsors of TRIPS waiver proposal call for solidarity at WTO (PRIV)
(D. Ravi Kanth, Washington DC)
After standing her ground at the US Congress last week on the need to negotiate on the proposed TRIPS waiver for combating the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Trade Representative (USTR) Ambassador Katherine Tai has called on South Africa and India to table their revised draft text in order to launch text-based negotiations at the World Trade Organization.

UN : Devastating gun battle in Gaza being fought in an uneven killing field (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
In most civil wars and military conflicts across the politically-volatile Middle East, including in Syria, Yemen and Palestine, the ongoing battles are being fought not on a level playing field but on an uneven killing field.

UN : US casts 45 vetoes - and counting - while protecting a client state (PRIV)
(IPS, New York)
The UN Security Council (UNSC), the most powerful political body at the United Nations, has largely remained silent or ineffective in resolving one of the longstanding military conflicts in the Middle East involving Israelis and Palestinians.

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