U.S. sees "window of opportunity" on Colombia deal

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration sees "a window of opportunity" to work with the Colombian government to address concerns about anti-union violence that have blocked approval of a bilateral free trade deal for more than four years, officials said on Thursday.

"We believe the Colombian Government wants to identify solutions to these issues, and that we have a window of opportunity now to work jointly to address them by securing important improvements," Deputy Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro said in prepared testimony to the House of Representatives Ways and Means trade subcommittee.

"The Obama Administration shares the sense of urgency we have heard from many members of Congress to advance the Colombia FTA," Sapiro said.

(Reporting by Doug Palmer; editing by Eric Beech)