ENVIRONEMENT MINISTERS AGREE TO DECLARATION

ENVIRONEMENT MINISTERS AGREE TO DECLARATION

Environment ministers from 34 industrial countries agreed on a declaration on fighting pollution, but activists accused them of selling out to the United States.

Many of the ministers - from West and East Europe and North America - said the deal at the end of three days of talks in the west Norwegian city of Bergen contained a promise of new money to help developing and East European nations clean up.But the United States said the document was ambiguous and that Washington had not dropped its opposition to giving new cash to help poor nations safeguard the Earth's ozone layer.