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The United States, for example, which is not a signatory of Kyoto, has said it would not increase earlier commitments to cut emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.


Security dominates talks in Central Asia

BISHKEK — Security issues dominated talks between the European Union’s top envoy and Central Asian diplomats Tuesday, as the looming withdrawal of the international military coalition from Afghanistan raises the specter of regional instability.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after a meeting with regional foreign ministers in Kyrgyzstan, host of a vital U.S. air base, that Europe’s increasing interest in Central Asia is based on shared security challenges.

Ms. Ashton said she wants to see deeper cooperation on energy and trade with Europe, but avoided addressing what advocacy groups say are worsening political freedoms in Central Asia.

From wire dispatches and staff reports