Andrew Ward and Ed Crooks
Financial Times
Monday, December 14, 2009

Talks were suspended at the Copenhagen climate conference on Monday amid escalating tensions between rich countries and the developing world over how a deal should be structured.

African nations led a boycott of a key working group on Monday morning, bringing negotiations to a halt, although they were expected to resume later in the day.

With just four days left before world leaders are supposed to converge on the Danish capital to complete a deal, developing countries remain at loggerheads with the US, Europe and their allies over how to share the burden of fighting global warming.

Much of the tension is focused on whether to keep alive the Kyoto protocol – the existing international climate agreement struck in 1997 – as part of a new deal or replace it with an entirely new treaty.

Developing countries, including China, India and Brazil, want to keep the Kyoto process because it commits developed countries to legally binding emissions cuts without making the same requirements of poorer nations.

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