ADDRESS BY THE MOST HON. P. J. PATTERSON, PRIME MINISTER AT THE LAUNCH OF NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE CARIBBEAN/EU ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT


It is a historic privilege to address so distinguished an audience this morning as we enter this new phase of negotiations in the longstanding and highly valued relationship between the Caribbean Region and the European Union.
May I also take this opportunity to join in extending a warm Jamaican welcome to the European Commissioners, Representatives of the EU and ACP Group who hail from outside the Region, who have traveled to the Caribbean for this Launch.
On an occasion such as this, it is difficult to resist the temptation for nostalgia – having been personally engaged from the start in the negotiations between our two groups, which led to the eventual signature of the first Lom

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