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Softwood negotiators “working overtime”

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- There were no major developments in the softwood lumber dispute yesterday as Prime Minister Jea...


WASHINGTON, D.C. — There were no major developments in the softwood lumber dispute yesterday as Prime Minister Jean Chretien had an opportunity to sit down with U.S. President, George Bush.

Bush announced yesterday that both sides are “working overtime” to ensure an agreement is in place by the Mar. 21 deadline.

After a half-hour discussion with Chretien that included a chat about the softwood dispute, Bush said “Our negotiators, as a result of the Prime Minister’s insistence, and my insistence, are working overtime to achieve agreement by Mar. 21.”

He added “We are making very good progress and we’ve agreed to keep working hard to achieve an agreement that is satisfactory to both parties.”


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