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Talks at the World Trade Organisation, aimed at reducing the number of IT products hit by tariffs, have been delayed. Attempts to draw up a list of some 200 IT items which should be free of duties by the year 2000 have been on-going since 1997 but continue to flounder. Talks will resume in February. A provisional list has been put together, and agreed upon, by the US and the European Union. But it ran into difficulties in June when Malaysia wanted more consumer electronics items included and India objected to suggestions that radar and navigational equipment should be included on the list. ®

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