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Kyoto protocol dissenters form partnership in Asia

CLEANER TECHNOLOGY The US and Australia have joined major Asian powers in a new agreement that has attracted criticism from pro-environment groups

AP , VIENTIANE

Greenpeace said "the pact sounds more like a dirty coal deal."

"Why waste time inking a new pact when both the US and Australia have yet to implement existing commitments" under a UN accord to transfer climate-reducing technology, Greenpeace said.

Zoellick defended the nonbinding clause, saying "one can't just command other parties to do things. You need to try to develop interests and incentives."

Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said the new initiative showed that its authors acknowledge the problem.

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