December 10, 2005

UN climate meet near deal on new global talks: US

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Negotiators at UN climate talks were
within reach of a deal on Saturday to launch new global talks
including the United States on ways to fight climate change,
the chief U.S. negotiator said.

"Basically there is an agreement," Harlan Watson told
Reuters at 189-country talks in Montreal, referring to a
Canadian plan for all countries to join an open-ended dialogue
about combating global warming under a 1992 UN climate

But he said that Russian objections were holding up a
separate deal on extending the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol
beyond a first phase lasting until 2012.

Under Kyoto, about 40 industrialized nations have to cut
emissions of heat-trapping gases from burning fossil fuels.
Washington pulled out of Kyoto in 2001.