Politicians Set for Crunch Week at Climate Talks

Negotiators face tough week of wrangling over how to equitably implement Kyoto Accords and reduce man-made greenhouse gases warming the atmosphere.

Published: 19-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Political leaders headed into a week of diplomatic arm-twisting at U.N. climate talks on Sunday seeking to prevent a breakdown in efforts to stop global warming and lessen the risk of environmental chaos.

Delegates said the position of the United States, the world's biggest polluter, was crucial to the progress of what green groups call the most important environmental negotiations ever conducted.

"It would be absurd if the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases would not ratify the Kyoto Protocol," EU Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom said on British television.

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