World leaders and negotiators have been asked not to leave the summit until a climate deal is done after Friday afternoon’s talks failed to produce a breakthrough.
The European Union environment commissioner, Stavros Dimas, told reporters that "The secretary-general of the United Nations [Ban Ki-moon] has asked people not to leave tonight,” according to the Reuters news service.
“I cannot imagine 120 leaders going back to their countries with empty hands,” he said.
The office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper said “Negotiations are still ongoing. We have not yet been formally asked to stay.”
Mr. Harper had planned to return to Ottawa today.
Earlier today, Barack Obama and Chinese premier Wen Jiabao made some progress in reaching a climate change deal, White House officials said shortly after the U.S. president used a speech to emphasize that a deal hung “in the balance.”
The progress, however, was clearly not enough to break the impasse between the two countries that p
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