Zuma not disappointed at Botswana

source: News24
2010-10-05 20:04

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma was not disappointed at last year’s move by Botswana to sign an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, a move some viewed as a threat to the Southern Africa Customs Union’s future.

“I’m not disappointed at all… I don’t think there was room to be disappointed,” Zuma told journalists in Pretoria, following a bilateral meeting with Botswana President Ian Khama.

“There were also other countries that signed, not only Botswana. While working as a collective, there are individual interests of other countries that must be considered… in negotiations, we try to balance this out.”

EPAs are aimed at creating free trade areas between Europe and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States countries.

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