Copenhagen accord a partial success: Jairam Ramesh
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 11:20
Varanasi: Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has said that the accord at the recently held Copenhagen summit on climate change was not a failure for India, but a partial success for the country.

The Minister, who was here on a day's visit to review the results of pollution control efforts of different government agencies in the river Ganga told the media that India had partial success at the Copenhagen negotiations.

He rejected the opposition claim that Copenhagen was a failure.

He, however, maintained that the Copenhagen accord has certain inbuilt hazards and the developing world, especially India, has to be wary on those accounts.

When asked about them, Ramesh said, "the foremost risk is that the developed world could demand an end to the Kyoto Protocol".

However, the accord was a "partial victory" for the country, he said.

"Finally, the accord is a partial victory for BASIC Group comprising Brazil, China, India and South Africa when it wrested three important benefits from President Obama at Copenhagen.

The US gave in to our proposals on global goals and the legally non-binding nature of the accord.

On monitoring and verification and, in particular, on the US proposal of analysis/ assessment, we said consultations/analysis with the former being done in a manner to respect national sovereignty. This was also accepted."

He said that India bargained at the summit from the point of strength and "we did not enter into any binding agreement upon us."

"We had a Laxman Rekha for us for the negotiations and we did not cross it rather we created a space within that Laxman Rekha for collective bargaining with USA and others with the support from the BASIC countries," he added.

When questioned about the prospects of the accord, he said, "How the accord will work, I can't say now because there are negotiations that will continue on the multilateral process."


First Published: Thursday, December 31, 2009, 11:20

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