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16 November 2009
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Apec unable to agree on details in climate change deal

Pacific Rim leaders pledged Sunday to accelerate efforts to deepen the integration of their economies, including to study creating a free-trade area, but fell short of promising any detailed commitment to the battle against climate change, reported Antara in conjunction with Kyodo.

As their two-day summit closed in Singapore, the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum apparently revealed a serious gap between developed and developing countries over how they could share the burden of cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The result is feared to affect a key UN climate change conference next month in Copenhagen.

The leaders also resolved to develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure sustainable and ``inclusive`` growth for the region while renewing the pledge to reject protectionism in international trade, which is on the rise after the global economic crisis.

They expressed concerns over the stalled Doha Round of free trade talks under the World Trade Organization and urged efforts to turn political will to successfully conclude the eight-year-old talks next year into tangible progress in the negotiations.

Climate change was high on the agenda at the summit. But the leaders` declaration fell short of details, suggesting differences between some members.


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