UN Climate Talks Fail Amid EU, US Deadlock

Further talks on climate action now put off until May, 2001 as environmentalists blast US plan as "fraudulent" and a victory for polluters.

Published: 25-Nov-2000

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A bitter wrangle between the European Union and the United States over how to curb greenhouse gas emissions brought a U.N. climate conference to an ignominious end on Saturday.

"We have not reached agreement," conference chairman Jan Pronk told the final session of the talks in The Hague aimed at clinching the world's first agreement on concrete steps to curb the gases blamed for global warming and climate change.

"I am very disappointed. We have not lived up to the expectations of the outside world," said Pronk, who is also Dutch Environment Minister.



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