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President Bush Challenges EU on Farm Subsidies

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President Bush says the United States would drop subsidies to American farmers -- if the European Union did the same in Europe.

He told British television Sunday ending those subsidies would allow African countries to compete and reduce their need for international aid.

The EU's agriculture commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, said she is encouraged by what she called Mr. Bush's "apparent willingness" to discuss farm reform.

President Bush will attend the Group of Eight summit this week in Scotland. In the television interview, Mr. Bush also said he will reject any Kyoto-style deal on climate change at the G-8 summit.

He said the 1997 U.N. Kyoto protocol, which Washington never ratified, would have ruined the American economy with its mandated reductions on carbon emissions. Mr. Bush favors a focus on clean technologies to counter climate change.

Information for this report is provided by Reuters and AFP.

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