EU "open to Kyoto deadline delay"

Wallström says US participation could justify later implementation, accuses Washington of "obstruction"

The EU could consider postponing the Kyoto protocol's five-year "commitment period" beyond the current 2008-2012 if this would persuade the USA to readopt the global climate pact, environment commissioner Margot Wallström said today. But she went on to doubt that the concession would tempt the Americans back into the Kyoto fold and accused them of obstructing efforts to finalise agreement on the protocol in Bonn next week.

"That might be a serious proposal [and] if the Americans would say 'that would bring us in,' then perhaps it's worth it," Ms Wallström said in Brussels today following a mission to Australia and Japan to shore up support for the protocol (EED 09/07/01).

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