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Saturday, 7 April, 2001, 12:34 GMT 13:34 UK
US plans 'Kyoto alternative'
Florida celebration of Earth Day, April 1999
Kyoto commits industrialised countries to a cut in 'greenhouse gasses'
The United States has indicated that it will propose an alternative plan to the Kyoto protocol on global warming.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage outlined new proposals at a meeting on Friday with a Japanese delegation in Washington, Japanese media said.

Washington's decision to abandon the agreement has provoked angry reactions across the world.

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Mr Armitage was speaking to a delegation of Japanese government officials who travelled to Washington to urge the United States to remain committed to the Kyoto treaty.

Japan's Kyodo news agency reported that the US substitute plan would differ from Kyoto by seeking the participation of developing nations.

Mr Armitage said Washington would come up with the new framework in time for an international conference on global warming to be held in Bonn in July.

EU push

The 1997 Kyoto protocol calls on industrialised nations to reduce their emissions of so-called greenhouse gasses.


If certain parts of the agreement prevent the United States from ratifying it, we should negotiate those parts

Romano Prodi
But Washington argues that it is unfair on the US, as it leaves out developing countries.

The EU says that it remains committed to the Kyoto agreement, but it is prepared to renegotiate certain parts.

"If certain parts of the agreement prevent the United States from ratifying it, we should negotiate about those parts rather than bury the entire agreement," wrote EU Commission President Romano Prodi and Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson in a joint article in the Swedish regional daily newspaper Goteborgs-Posten.

The two European leaders said it would be a "tragic mistake" to tear up the agreement, and reiterated the EU would ratify the agreement with or without the US.

International support

A delegation from the European Union is heading to Beijing after visiting Tehran in continuing efforts to rescue the Kyoto agreement.

US President George W Bush
President Bush stunned the world by pulling out of the accord
A Belgian official described the meeting with officials in Iran, which heads a grouping of 133 developing countries seeking to promote economic co-operation, as encouraging.

The delegation earlier visited Moscow, where it said it had received assurances that Russia remained committed to Kyoto.

Environment ministers from Japan, China and South Korea are meeting on Saturday in Tokyo to discuss measures to protect the environment in north-eastern Asia.

The ministers are expected to reaffirm their commitment to the Kyoto protocol.

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