Consensus eludes `equitable` accord on climate change

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 15:05

Copenhagen: Consensus eluded negotiators
today to stitch an equitable and just accord on climate change
in the last lap before the summit on Friday with no headway
being made to iron out sticking points on carbon emission
cuts, mitigation targets and long-term financing.

"The BASIC group -- comprising India, China, South
Africa and Brazil -- is united and we would like to reiterate
that we want an equitable and fair agreement to emerge out of
Copenhagen. But if for some reasons there are disappointments,
BASIC will not be to blame," Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh told reporters here.

His statement came as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
arrives here tomorrow for the final leg of the 12-day climate
change summit, which is also expected to be attended by US
President Barack Obama.

"We will resist in united manner any manipulation to
weaken in any way the troika of the UNFCC, the Kyoto Protocol
and the Bali Action Plan," Ramesh said.

In Washington, Obama held a conference call with
leaders of Britain, France and Germany, besides calling
Bangladeshi and Ethiopian Prime Ministers in his last ditch
effort to arrive at a successful deal on climate change.

"The President believes that we can get an operational
agreement that makes sense in Copenhagen over the next few
days," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.


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First Published: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 15:05

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