U.S. officials: Hawaii climate talks held in "good mood"

2008-02-01 00:25:25 Xinhua English

HONOLULU, United States, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing climate talks of the world's major economies are being held in a "good mood" in comparison to a previous U.S.-hosted meeting last September, U.S. officials attending the event said Thursday.

U.S. President George W. Bush's assistant for international economic affairs, Daniel Price, told reporters that the talks, which entered the last day, have been positive and constructive.

The Bush administration invited 16 major economies plus the United Nations at the meeting, which serves as a follow-up to the first major economies meeting on security energy and climate change held on Sept. 27-28 in Washington last year.

In last year's meeting, participants bombarded the host with a series of accusations, largely due to the fact that the United States is now the only industrialized nation staying outside of the Kyoto protocol.

The Bush administration is not going to change that stance this time, but U.S. officials said the mood has changed and there is no more war of words.

James Connaughton, who chairs the White House Council on Environmental Quality, also said the meeting is being held in a positive way.

But both officials stopped short of mentioning any results from the meeting.

Other U.S. officials said previously that they expect a chairman's statement will possibly come out at the end of the two-day talks.