Indonesia hosts talks ahead of Bali climate meeting

Richer nations must take the lead in reducing carbon emissions, Reuters reported Indonesia's president as saying on Wednesday at a meeting of environment ministers and officials from around 40 countries.

The meeting comes ahead of a key summit in Bali in December aimed at hammering out a new global climate deal to curb emissions after the Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012.

"It is only logical that developed countries should continue to take the lead in significantly reducing carbon emission," president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was quoted as saying.

"Developing countries, on the other hand, should participate voluntarily in reducing their national greenhouse emissions according to their national circumstances," he added, without elaborating.

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