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Compromise on climate targets breaks deadlock at UN talks

11/23/2013 11:22 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 05:59 EST
WARSAW, Poland - Developed countries and fast-growing economies have reached a last-minute compromise to avert a breakdown of U.N. climate talks in Warsaw.

China and India had clashed with the U.S. and other developed countries Saturday over the wording of draft decisions with guidelines on when countries should present commitments for a new pact to fight global warming.

The talks were deadlocked after China and India insisted on wording that would keep a firewall between rich and poor countries that the U.S. and other developed countries want to get rid of.

However, a compromise was reached in which the word "commitments" was replaced by the weaker "contributions," allowing the talks to continue Saturday.