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'Ransom threat hampered talks' WORLD TODAY: COPENHAGEN.

EFFORTS to secure a legally-binding climate change deal failed last week because talks were "held to ransom" by a small number of countries, Gordon Brown said yesterday.

As the UK pointed the finger of blame at China for blocking progress at the UN-sponsored summit in Copenhagen, he called for a new international body to take charge of future negotiations.

Days of chaotic talks between more than 190 countries produced an accord that average world temperature rises should not exceed 2C but without commitments to emissions cuts to achieve it.

"The talks in Copenhagen were not easy and, as they reached conclusion, I did fear the process would collapse and we would have no deal at all," Mr Brown said in a webcast.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 22, 2009
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