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The Bush administration, in a policy reversal, said Friday it would back creation of an international fund to help developing countries end use of ozone-depleting chemicals.

If other countries accept the administration's idea at an international conference in London next week, the proposed fund would be administered by the World Bank. An administration source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the United States would contribute $25 million of an expected total of $100 million.U.S. opposition to the fund had threatened to disrupt the conference, at which participating nations will consider changes to streng-then the 1987 treaty to phase out chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, by the turn of the century, a position Bush endorsed in his 1988 campaign.