Kyoto Negotiators Work Into The Night
White House says Kyoto negotiators will keep workingBy Eileen O'Connor/CNN
WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, Dec. 10) -- U.S. negotiators will work into the night in Kyoto in an effort to resolve differences over a global warming treaty, the White House said Wednesday.
National Security Council spokeswoman Anne Luzzatto said, "They are still involved in intensive discussion and are grappling with complicated issues." The White House sees an agreement as "just the beginning of the process, not an end game," Luzzatto said.
There are reports that Europe and the United States have reached a compromise and will set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 6 percent below 1990 levels.
Remaining to be solved are details on how Third World countries will be involved in the agreement in a "meaningful way." That language has been left vague and the emerging economies are said to still be reluctant to sign off on the agreement.
President Bill Clinton received a phone briefing on the Kyoto talks this morning from Vice President Al Gore and other officials. Deputy Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said the president made some suggestions on how to proceed in the talks.
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