WASHINGTON — Textile and apparel industry leaders from over 25 countries will convene in Geneva this weekend to hash out their differences on trade issues and brainstorm about a quota-free world in 2005 and beyond.

Against the backdrop of the ongoing global trade talks among 144 World Trade Organization member nations, textile and apparel trade organizations will begin a global dialogue on such issues as tariff reductions and quota phaseout and strive to find "common ground," according to Francesco Marchi, director of economic affairs at Euratex, an alliance of all of the national textile and apparel lobbying groups in the European Union. That won’t be an easy task, however.

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