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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union governments failed to reach a decision on Friday on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees, the European Commission said.

"No qualified majority was reached, either in favor, or against the text," the Commission said in a statement, adding it would now consider the next steps.

Sources close to the discussions said 13 EU governments voted in favor of a ban and nine voted against, with five countries including Britain and Germany abstaining.

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