WASHINGTON — Developing countries are joining textile and union groups in an attempt to build momentum to address the phaseout of quotas on textiles and apparel at an upcoming crucial global trade meeting in Cancun, Mexico.

Trade ministers from 146 countries are jockeying to liberalize trade in a variety of sectors as part of the World Trade Organization multilateral trade round launched in November 2001. The meeting of trade ministers in Cancun, set for September, is seen as a key to moving the talks forward.

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