WASHINGTON Dec 4 U.S. President Barack Obama
is considering attending the climax of the Copenhagen climate
change conference, one of his top advisers said on Friday.
Obama will go to the Dec. 7-18 talks on Dec. 9 but is not
currently scheduled to return for the final days, when most of
the hard bargaining on cutting greenhouse gas emissions is
likely and dozens of other world leaders are due to attend.
"There are suggestions that he should be there on the 17th
and 18th," Obama's national security adviser, James Jones, told
reporters at the Foreign Press Center in Washington.
"Those discussions are under way and there's no decision at
this time as to whether that schedule can be adjusted, so right
now he's planning to be there on the ninth."
Some green groups have expressed disappointment that Obama
would not attend the climax of the talks. Obama is due to head
to the Norwegian capital Oslo after Copenhagen to collect his
Nobel peace prize.
The United States will pledge in Copenhagen to cut its
greenhouse gas emissions roughly 17 percent below 2005 levels
(Reporting by Ross Colvin, editing by Anthony Boadle)
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