"COPENHAGEN — Leaders here concluded a climate change deal the Obama administration called 'meaningful' but which falls short of even the modest expectations for the summit here. The agreement addresses many of the issues that leaders came here to settle but the answers are bound to leave many of the participants unhappy. Even an Obama administration official conceded, 'It is not sufficient to combat the threat of climate change but it’s an important first step.' 'No country is entirely satisfied with each element,' the administration statement said, 'but this is a meaningful and historic step forward and a foundation from which to make further progress.' The accord drops the expected goal of concluding a binding international treaty by the end of 2010, which leaves the implementation of its provisions uncertain. It is likely to undergo many months, perhaps years of additional negotiation before it emerges in any internationally enforceable form." Helene Cooper and John M. Broder report for the New York Times Dec. 18, 2009.