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The European Union is unlikely to compromise on its 15 percent emission cut proposal for industrialized countries during the upcoming Kyoto global warming conference, a senior EU official said Friday.

Ritt Bjerregaard, commissioner in charge of environmental issues, is in Tokyo for a two-day informal ministerial-level meeting that starts today. The meeting was organized by Tokyo in a last-minute attempt to fill in policy gaps still separating key industrialized nations, including EU members, Japan and the U.S.

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