Delegates to the United Nations Climate Change conference have agreed to launch more talks on long-term cuts in greenhouse gasses after marathon negotiations extended into an unscheduled 13th day.
The officials reached agreement early today-Saturday in Montreal after all-night meetings. The talks had stalled when the U.S. delegation did not approve the text of a Canadian proposal for future talks on the issue.
President Bush withdrew from the current Kyoto Protocol in 2001 saying its limits on greenhouse gasses would harm the U.S. economy because developing countries were not held to the same standards. Former president Bill Clinton says the Bush administration is "flat wrong."
Also today Saturday, Kyoto Protocol members agreed to hold more talks among themselves on emission cuts beyond the current phase of the treaty which ends in 2012.
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