First skirmishes over post-2012 climate regime

Opposing governments begin to square up as Montreal global warming talks get underway

A possible post-2012 global climate change regime has been an instant focus of debate as the meeting of parties to the UN climate change convention and Kyoto protocol got underway in Montreal.

In a briefing on Tuesday, senior American official Harlan Watson said the US would be seeking "to focus attention on progress toward the shared objectives of the framework convention rather than to detour positive approaches toward a new round of negotiations based upon the Kyoto process".

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