BRUSSELS -- The leaders of Britain and France say EU leaders will commit more than euro2 billion ($3 billion) a year to help poorer parts of the world combat global warming.
Britain's Gordon Brown and France's Nicolas Sarkozy said their two countries would contribute a big part of that sum and they are trying to get the full 27-member European Union to pitch in more at a summit in Brussels ending Friday.
EU leaders failed Thursday to come up with a firm figure for the fund.
The money is meant as short-term help for poor countries, particularly in Africa, to start cutting emissions and shoring up against the effects of global warming. The European money is a bid to bolster international climate talks in Copenhagen aiming at a longer-term pact.
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