By Ben Geman - 11/23/09 05:34 PM EST
But the paper says the absence of consensus on “negotiating building blocks” has not diminished what it calls a growing recognition that “business-as-usual is not an option anywhere in the world.”
Negotiators in recent weeks have downgraded the goal for the meeting, now pointing to a political according coming out of the talks while work on a final, legally binding pact would continue in 2010.
Nonetheless, more than 65 heads of state are expected to attend. The White House has not said whether President Obama will be among them.