Chirac Tells Powell of French Concern Over Kyoto

Chirac tells Powell,"We are responsible to future generations because global warming, which has already started, will have disastrous consequences for everybody."

Published: 12-Apr-2001

PARIS (Reuters) - President Jacques Chirac told visiting Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday that France and Europe remained deeply concerned by Washington's decision to quit the 1997 Kyoto treaty on global warming.

Powell, in Paris for a meeting of the Contact Group on former Yugoslavia, assured him Washington had taken note of criticism coming from European Union countries over the new administration's stand on the treaty, a Chirac spokesman said.

"We should honor the commitments we have made," the spokesman quoted Chirac as telling Powell. "We are responsible to future generations because global warming, which has already started, will have disastrous consequences for everybody."

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