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Incoming WTO director seeks to rescue 'negotiating pillar' of organization


GENEVA - The incoming head of the World Trade Organization says his first priority will be to try to rescue its credibility as a forum for trade negotiations.

Brazilian Ambassador Roberto Azevedo told a packed room of reporters at Brazil's WTO mission Wednesday that "the negotiating pillar of the WTO is clearly stuck."

At the WTO, diplomats and officials congratulated Azevedo on his selection as WTO director general for the next four years.

Azevedo also said it is important to close "the gap" between the WTO's rules and how things really are between trading nations.

Azevedo is to take over the organization on Sept. 1 from Pascal Lamy of France, who has been the director general for eight years.