Poland: Crisis must not hamper climate protection

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland says the world financial crisis must not be used as an excuse to put off work on combating climate change.

A government statement Friday says Prime Minister Donald Tusk agreed during discussions in Beijing with the leaders of Indonesia and Denmark that the crisis "must not serve as a pretext for delaying work and negotiations on climate protection."

Poland is to host a U.N. summit on climate change in December.

But Poland -- which depends heavily on coal for its energy -- also has raised questions over details of a European Union plan that calls for emissions cuts of 20 percent by 2020.

Friday's statement stressed that "nations dependent on coal must be assured that climate protection will not threaten their economies."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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