South Africa's foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
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Climate talks deal in Durban 'will not take us far'

UN climate talks have closed with agreement on a package of measures described by the chair as "balanced".

The European Union will place its current emission-cutting pledges inside the legally binding Kyoto Protocol, a key demand of developing countries.

Talks on a new legal deal covering all countries will begin next year and end by 2015, coming into effect by 2020.

The chairwoman, South Africa's Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, warned the agreement would not go far enough and that "we need to be looking into the future" to have a real effect on climate change.

  • 11 Dec 2011