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The Group of Eight leaders gathering next month in Hokkaido should not attempt to resolve all climate issues up to 2050 or even 2020, but instead focus on setting a clear course for an agreement at next year’s U.N. conference in Copenhagen, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Friday in Tokyo.

Speaking in advance of the July 7-9 G8 summit in Toyako, Blair said the international community is “not going to get an agreement” from the meeting because the positions of the major economies remain too far apart.

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