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G8 will not agree numerical emissions target: Blair

British prime minister says that G8 leaders are likely to agree this week to make 'substantial' cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but will not fix a numerical target.

world Updated: Jun 11, 2007 15:07 IST

G8 leaders are likely to agree this week to make 'substantial' cuts in greenhouse gas emissions but will not fix a numerical target, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday.

"I think it's possible that we leave this summit with a commitment on the part of everyone to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as a global target," Blair told reporters after a meeting with US President George W. Bush.

But he said leaders would not agree a numerical target for cutting emissions. G8 president Germany has been calling for the club to set a goal of a 50 percent cut in emissions by 2050.

"This can't be negotiated at the G8, the detail of this," Blair said, noting that big emerging powers like India and China needed to brought into this process.