December 15, 2007 / 6:04 AM / 12 years ago

U.S. drops opposition to U.N. climate deal

Hundreds of youth from many countries show their fingers painted in green to support of the Climate Change conference in Nusa Dua, Bali December 14, 2007. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmed Tawil

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - The United States on Saturday dropped opposition to a compromise plan to launch talks on a new U.N. climate treaty after pleas from other nations.

“We will go forward and join consensus,” Paula Dobriansky, heading the U.S. delegation, told the 190-nation meeting to cheers from many in the audience, minutes after triggering boos by saying Washington was opposed.

The proposed compromise, breaking a deadlock between rich and poor nations, had been supported by all other previous speakers, including the European Union.

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Editing by Gerard Wynn

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