World summit still split over "crunch" issues

Talks hit quicksand as no agreement found on targets, key definitions; NGOs slam "abysmal" trade text

Little progress was made on Thursday and Friday on finalising the Johannesburg summit action plan, as delegates failed to bridge gaps over a series of contentious issues.

It was inevitable that the talks would hit a difficult patch, a UN spokesperson told ENDS Europe DAILY. Discussions were now starting to focus on the most controversial issues after "remarkable progress" had been made during the first three days of negotiations (EED 28/08/02).

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