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UPDATED: 09:16, May 16, 2007
Warsaw urges Moscow to lift meat ban in pursuit of EU-Russia talks
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Poland's Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga said Tuesday that Poland would lift its veto on talks between the European Union (EU) and Russia on a new bilateral agreement on cooperation if Moscow lifts the ban on imports of Polish meat.

Poland made its consent to the start of EU-Russia talks conditional on the EU adopting a political declaration guaranteeing security and solidarity with Poland and other new member states, Polish PAP news agency reported, citing the country's top diplomat.

Fotyga said Poland had the support of other EU states for the veto.

"The existing EU-Russia agreement has not been implemented in full and not only with regard to Poland," PAP quoted Fotyga as saying.

"Committees have not been active. We have many reservations concerning the operation of the existing agreement including the political will of one of the sides to the agreement," she said.

Russia imposed an embargo on Polish meat in November 2005, accusing Poland of presenting false veterinary certificates. In a reprisal, Poland vetoed the launch of talks between the EU and Russia on a new agreement in November 2006. On Thursday, Brussels was informed by Moscow that its ban on Polish goods was still in force.

Source: Xinhua

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