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Slovakia announces position at the UN climate change summit

The European Union, including Slovakia, is prepared to reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 2020 by 30 percent from the level of 1990, said Slovakia's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Peter Stano for the SITA newswire. This may be achieved if the biggest polluters also adopt the commitment. Together with other EU members, Slovakia is calling on the US and China to adopt such goals ahead of the upcoming talks at the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

The European Union, including Slovakia, is prepared to reduce greenhouse gases emissions by 2020 by 30 percent from the level of 1990, said Slovakia's Foreign Ministry's spokesman Peter Stano for the SITA newswire. This may be achieved if the biggest polluters also adopt the commitment. Together with other EU members, Slovakia is calling on the US and China to adopt such goals ahead of the upcoming talks at the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

The summit started on December 7 and will last until December 18. Slovakia's delegation will be present there continuously while Prime Minister Robert Fico is to attend the summit's top meeting on December 18.

The aim of the Copenhagen summit is to conclude negotiations and approve the final wording of an international agreement on cutting the increase in global temperatures to replace the Kyoto protocol. Slovak diplomacy perceives the agreement as a uniform and legally binding document. According to Stano, Slovakia has been active during the entire process. Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák, at a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on November 20, expressed Slovakia's support to the UN ambitions to reach the best and binding result toward reduction of emissions in Copenhagen. SITA

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