EU, U.S. to Meet to Try to Salvage Climate Deal

Top government officials from the United States and the European Union meet in Canada on Wednesday to try to salvage a deal on curbing global warming.

Published: 04-Dec-2000

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Top government officials from the United States and the European Union meet in Canada on Wednesday to try to salvage a deal on curbing global warming, an EU official said Monday.

The two-day meeting will be the first between the two sides since U.N.-sponsored talks to set a global strategy on cutting "greenhouse gas" emissions collapsed spectacularly last month.

If the Ottawa session brings the two sides closer, it could pave the way for a ministerial-level meeting that could take place in Oslo early next week, the EU official said. Huge differences between the United States and the EU on how to implement a 1997 U.N. climate pact agreed in Kyoto, Japan, scuttled a deal when some 180 countries met at a two-week conference in The Hague last month.

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