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Japan Says It ‘Won’t Associate’ Itself With Kyoto CO2 Limits

Japanese Environment Minister Ryu Matsumoto said a global treaty for reducing greenhouse gas emissions should be based on last year’s Copenhagen Accord, not the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, a comment that may derail the United Nations climate talks.

“The Kyoto Protocol has been playing a significant role as the first step in addressing climate change,” Matsumoto told delegates at the UN talks in Cancun, Mexico today. “Japan will maintain the spirit of Kyoto.

‘‘The protocol only covers 27 percent of global energy related CO2 emissions. Japan would express our serious concern that fixing such a framework.

‘‘Japan will not associate itself with setting the second commitment period’’ once the current limits expire in 2012.

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