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EU says G20 leaders may meet again soon on climate

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - G20 leaders may meet again in the coming months, possibly by video conference, to help prod negotiations for a climate change pact ahead of United Nations talks in December in Copenhagen, the European Union said on Friday.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, whose country holds the EU presidency, told reporters following the close of the Group of 20 summit meeting here that leaders hold the key to unlocking stalled negotiations on a new treaty to reverse global warming.

“The consensus around the table was that if we want to achieve the breakthroughs necessary for Copenhagen, it must come from us leaders first,” Reinfeldt said, referring to the G20 largest developed and emerging economies.

“During the lunch ... we agreed to go away and come back and speak to each other in a few weeks, and we felt we should meet possibly before Copenhagen, even via video conference or something. But we may have a meeting,” he said.

A U.S. official said there was no agreement to meet again on the climate issue, but that leaders would stay in touch.

“They did agree that they would stay in close touch and of course they will see each other in the context of other fora,” said Michael Froman, U.S. President Barack Obama’s top G20 aide and deputy national security adviser.

“My sense is they will continue to have conversations because they did conclude that their involvement in this issue will be important to making Copenhagen a success,” he said.

Reporting by Darren Ennis and Caren Bohan, writing by Jeff Mason; Editing by Leslie Adler

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