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Colombia, US Resolve Differences on Free Trade


Colombian officials say Bogota and Washington have resolved differences on the wording of a free trade deal reached earlier this year.

Colombian Trade Minister Jorge Botero said Friday negotiators had resolved all remaining concerns related to sugar, chicken and other farm products.

Botero said the free trade agreement could be signed by President Bush and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe as early as October.

Once signed, the accord would have to be approved by legislators in both countries.

The agreement has its critics. Blaming free trade negotiations between Bogota and Washington, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in April pulled his country out of the Andean Community of Nations. The group is a trade bloc comprising Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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