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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Doha Talks Stall Again Without Agreement

POTSDAM, Germany -- Talks among trade powers to salvage world trade talks collapsed on Thursday, throwing the future of the World Trade Organization's round into doubt.

Without an agreement soon among the United States, the European Union, India and Brazil, the Doha round could fail or be frozen for years, diplomats and trade officials have warned.

"The G4 talks have collapsed. Obviously there was no convergence," a spokeswoman for the Indian Foreign Ministry said.

There was no immediate word on the reason for the breakdown. But the four trade powers had been long deadlocked over tariffs and subsidies in agriculture and industrial goods.

The ministers were meeting in Potsdam, near Berlin, at the Schloss Cecilienhof palace, built during World War I by Kaiser Wilhelm II and where allied leaders plotted Europe's future after World War II.

The fate of the round has been seen as depending on whether the so-called G4 group can resolve differences this week on agriculture that have haunted the talks since they were launched more than five years ago in the capital of Qatar. WTO boss Pascal Lamy warned that without a breakthrough soon, the round could be put on hold for years.