12/07/2011 09:57 EST | Updated 02/06/2012 05:12 EST

Kent tells UN climate conference that 'Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past'

OTTAWA - Canada's environment minister says the Kyoto Protocol is yesterday's climate deal.

"Kyoto, for Canada, is in the past," Peter Kent told delegates today at United Nations climate talks in South Africa.

He urged countries to forget about Kyoto and focus on a series of agreements reached last year in Mexico.

"The Kyoto Protocol is not where the solution lies