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Asia Pacific nations want Indian to head UN climate talks

Last Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 19:34

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The United Nations climate talks being held at Bonn in Germany struck a discordant note when countries had to vote for who shall head the crucial third track of talks known as the ad-hoc working group on Durban platform.

India`s candidate for the top job has been supported by the Asia Pacific countries, including the developed economies like Japan and South Korea.

Out of two other nominees, one got support from Latin America and Caribbean countries while the second one from Western Europe and others.

The Bonn talks appeared to be at jeopardy after an apparent crack visible between the rich and poor countries in negotiations which aimed at drafting a global deal to stop over-heating of the planet.

The conference was supposed to build on a pact struck in Durban, South Africa in December, but the talks were uncertain and headed into the penultimate day amid disputes over what exactly was agreed upon last year.

"There is distrust and there is frustration in the atmosphere," said Seyni Nafo, spokesman for a group of African countries.

First Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 19:34

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