The negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Colombia and Costa Rica did not come to a conclusion as had been expected, despite a video conference to close the deal.

The demands by Costa Rica’s industrial remains the biggest stumbling block.

Colombia’s Foreign Trade Minister, Sergio Diaz Granados, held a video conference  with his Costa Rican counterpart, Anabel González , to resolve the issue, both coming to the conclusion that they have reached an “inlfexible” point.

The two sides are expected to again resume talks in about 12 days time. Both Granados and González did not specify where the meetings would take place or the form, in person or video conference.

Costa Rica’s industrial sector wants excluded from the FTA soaps and detergents, paper, cardboard, sanitary wear, forestry, furniture and glass, fearing Colombian industries would overr run them.