EU ministers agree position for UN Kyoto talks

Environment council resolution leaves out the details to avoid unsettling key EU negotiating partners

EU environment ministers agreed the bloc's negotiating strategy for upcoming global talks on a successor regime to the Kyoto protocol on Monday. The resolution lacks detail to avoid unsettling countries reluctant to discuss timetables and targets for post-2012 emission cuts.

Ministers decided to drop references to the EU's desire that industrialised countries should cut emissions by up to 30% by 2020. The target - agreed by EU heads of government in March - had been in earlier drafts of "council conclusions" setting out the EU position ahead of the first meeting of Kyoto protocol parties in Montreal in December.

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