Four world leaders to assess climate talks

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Gordon Brown will hold a joint telephone call on Tuesday to discuss progress at UN climate talks in Denmark, the French president said.

PARIS - The statement came as the UN climate conference in Copenhagen was deadlocked on the key issues, with a new draft text lacking any figures on targets for limiting global warming.

Sarkozy also said France and African countries had drawn up a joint statement backing targets to limit the rise in global temperatures to two degrees Celsius and financial aid to help poor countries adapt.

He said he wanted the United States' support for 10 billion euros (14.5 billion dollars) of financial aid per year between 2010 and 2012, a proposal agreed by Sarkozy and Brown last month.


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