After all-night wrangling, UN negotiators close in on weak deal

DOHA, Qatar – Negotiators from nearly 200 countries are poring over new draft agreements on emissions cuts by rich countries and aid for poor ones as United Nations climate talks spilled into the weekend.

The two-week conference was set to finish Friday, but as so often in the annual U.N.-led talks, negotiators struggled to reach an agreement, especially on money matters.

After all-night wrangling, the latest drafts Saturday lacked the strong commitments on climate action and financing by rich countries that poor countries had hoped for. Final decisions were expected later in the day.

Countries plan to adopt a new climate pact by 2015. The Doha conference focused on side issues such as extending an existing emissions treaty for rich countries and increasing financing to help poor countries cope with global warming.




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