Sarkozy proposes November climate meeting

French president Nicolas Sarkozy (C) jogs in New York's Central Park, surrounded by security officers, September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Chip East

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Tuesday proposed that heads of state from major economies meet in November to discuss the climate change agenda ahead of December’s climate summit in Copenhagen.

“Considering how complex this negotiation is, a new summit before Copenhagen is needed,” Sarkozy told a U.N. climate meeting in New York.

Sarkozy said the proposed November meeting would allow the world’s biggest emitters “to make clearer commitments to ensure Copenhagen’s success,” according to the text of his prepared remarks.

The Copenhagen meeting is aimed at negotiating a broader climate pact to replace the U.N.’s Kyoto Protocol.

Reporting by Jeff Mason, Editing by Sandra Maler