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of the negotiator png climate change: The US, along with China and India, is pushing for a global climate protection agreement to take place after 2020, Papua New Guinea climate negotiator Kevin Conrad said Friday.

EUROPEAN officials were caught in a stalemate last night, hours before leaders opened a pivotal summit to save the euro amid intensifying market pressure over runaway government and banking debts, a senior negotiator said.

Speaking at UN climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, after a ministerial level meeting Friday broke up due to small island states requesting a caucus among their member countries, Conrad said the US strategy was to try to "divide and conquer," -- similar to an expression Indian lead negotiator JM Mauskar used over a split among the big developing countries concerning the EU position on a possible 2015 global climate deal.

Todd D. Stern, the U.S.'s special envoy for climate change, was put on the defensive by a narrative developing here that the United States opposed any further action to address global climate disruption until after 2020, when the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a primary U.N. climate agreement, and voluntary programs negotiated more recently have run their course.

He denied that the United States was dragging its feet and, somewhat ambiguously, endorsed a proposal from the European Union to quickly start negotiating a new international climate change treaty.
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