EU leaders set terms for Kyoto extension

EU heads of state and government backed Europe’s conditional offer to consider a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol at a summit meeting ending on Friday, rubber-stamping a negotiating position for the Cancún climate conference agreed by environment ministers on 14 October.

The EU continues to want a single, comprehensive legal instrument to replace the protocol, building on last December’s Copenhagen Accord and covering major developing as well as developed countries. Continuing with the Kyoto Protocol would be a fall-back option.

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