Climate Talks Chief Sees Daunting Week Ahead

Any agreement must also be "environmentally credible" so people could see genuine action was being taken, say Dutch minister.

Published: 19-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The man charged with steering through a tough week of U.N. talks on cutting "greenhouse gas" emissions set out his ground rules on Sunday.

Dutch Environment Minister Jan Pronk, who has the daunting task of bringing together the starkly contrasting views of the 185 countries involved in the United Nations climate negotiations, said they faced an "extremely difficult task."

"The list of issues still to be decided is longer and more difficult than the list of what has been achieved," Pronk told a news conference on the eve of the high-level political negotiations.

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