Prodi tries to hold the line on Kyoto protocol

European Commission president reaffirms EU's commitment to climate treaty as UN issues new temperature warning

European Commission president Romano Prodi affirmed "firm support" for the Kyoto climate change protocol on Tuesday. His statement to the European parliament was a clear attempt to steady political nerves after signs of failing EU commitment to the treaty.

"The Commission firmly supports the Kyoto protocol and its full implementation by the EU," said Mr Prodi. "We are not changing our position or going back on the targets that we have agreed". "We are confident that Russia will ratify the protocol so it can enter into force," he added.

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