“Right now, I fear the opposite is true. The storm clouds of failure are right on us. Ladies and gentlemen, this is crunch time for the WTO,” De Gucht said.
Still, ministers stressed that hope for an eleventh-hour deal in Bali still flickered and delegation sources indicated that diplomacy was gearing up behind closed doors.
Azevedo, Brazil’s former envoy to the WTO who took over as director-general in September from France’s Pascal Lamy, declined to address Sharma’s statement.
“Right now, no comments on anything. We are working,” he said.