Hemisphere Conference Ends in Discord on Global Warming
MONTREAL, March 30 — An international conference here ended in disagreement today after the United States declined to go along with a Latin American- backed call for industrialized countries to reduce their emissions of the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.
The division was a further reflection of the gap that has emerged between the United States and leading allies over the issue since the Bush administration made clear its opposition to the Kyoto accord of 1997, the most far-reaching international treaty on the effort to address climate change.
Senior delegates to the gathering, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said American representatives who tried to smooth over the disagreement had been unable to win approval of a compromise statement that would have stopped short of a call for specific action.
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