GENEVA — European Union trade commissioner Pascal Lamy said Tuesday that the elimination of all import duties on selected industrial products — including textiles, clothing and footwear — “is out of reach” due to strong objections by a group of developing nations that appear to be gaining significant clout in World Trade Organization talks seeking to further liberalize global trade.

Officials from the U.S. and Canada, which, along with Japan, have supported the push to eliminate tariffs, were taken aback by Lamy’s statement and indicated they would push onward, despite his new position.

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