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It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again: U.N. Climate Talks Split

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – Rifts opened on Friday at the first U.N. climate meeting since the acrimonious Copenhagen summit about how to revive U.N. negotiations with few delegates predicting a breakthrough to combat global warming in 2010.

Government negotiators at the 175-nation talks urged efforts to restore trust between rich and poor nations after the December summit in Copenhagen fell short of a full legal treaty. But none announced new concessions to help.

Outside the conference centre, environmentalists dumped about 4 tonnes of shattered glass on the ground alongside a sign marked “Copenhagen” and a banner reading: “Pick up the Pieces.”

The April 9-11 session is due to work out how many extra meetings to hold in the run-up to an annual meeting of environment ministers in Cancun, Mexico, due on November 29-December 10.

Most want two or three extra sessions, a lower pace than in 2009, but few spoke of reaching a new treaty in Mexico with most pinning hopes on 2011 when talks will be in South Africa.

“The African group believes that our priority must be to restore trust, rebuild confidence and thereby salvage the process,” said Nsiala Tosi Bibanda Mpanu Mpanu of the Democratic Republic of Congo on behalf of African nations.

Countries including Saudi Arabia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Cuba said there was a risk of repeating a mistake in the run-up to Copenhagen of working out a deal among only a few nations — ignoring many in the 194-nation talks.

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