U.S. Says Progress on Climate Talks Depends on EU

Senior US negotiators remain skeptical but hopeful agreement can be reached on role of carbon sinks in CO2 emissions control.

Published: 08-Dec-2000

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Clinton administration said on Friday it was disappointed at the outcome of this week's meeting on a pact to curb global warming and said progress could occur only if the European Union offered a "reasonable" position on key issues.

The United States and Europe failed on Thursday to bridge major differences after two days of talks in Ottawa aimed at salvaging an agreement to reduce so-called greenhouse gas emissions.

While the EU expressed confidence that ministers could meet again before Christmas to try and hammer out a deal, a senior U.S. official said he was "disappointed" at the outcome of the Canadian meeting.

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