Germany's major opposition political party and medical groups are accusing the Foreign Ministry of ignoring the will of Parliament for failing to publicly push for a UN global treaty to ban both human reproductive cloning and therapeutic cloning for research for medical research.

Germany's lower house of parliament, or Bundestag, in February overwhelmingly approved a motion calling for an international ban on all forms of human cloning. But the Foreign Ministry has not yet signed a statement being circulated by a group of about 40 nations, led by Costa Rica and the United States, calling for a total global cloning ban. The United Nations has been deliberating over an anticloning convention for some time, with talks currently deadlocked.

Hans-Josef Fell, a member of the Bundestag who is also a research and technology spokesman for the Green Party, told The Scientist that Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer supports the idea of...

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