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Mexico wants Copenhagen outsiders in Cancun talks: Envoy

Last Updated: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 20:40

Stockholm: Mexico is striving to bring
countries which felt excluded from the Copenhagen climate
talks into the negotiations at this year`s UN climate summit
in Cancun, its climate ambassador said on Thursday.

"Some developing countries felt excluded" from the
Copenhagen negotiations last December, including a number of
Asian and Latin American nations, Luis Alfonso de Alba told
reporters in Stockholm.

"That explains why we have started since the beginning of
the year to address those concerns," he said. "We are paying
particular attention to those countries that felt their views
were not significantly taken into account."

Cancun will host UN climate talks from November 29 to
December 10 that will seek to achieve a binding agreement on
carbon dioxide emissions to replace the Kyoto Protocol which
expires in December 2012.

"We have a very clear understanding that this is a
process that needs to have everybody involved, not only the
major (greenhouse gas) emitters," De Alba said.

"That is the way the United Nations works, to build a
general level of agreement," added the veteran diplomat, who
is a former Mexican ambassador to the United Nations and first
president of the UN Human Rights Council.

Copenhagen produced an agreement to limit global
temperature rise to two degrees, but it was reached at the
last minute by a handful of rich and major developing


First Published: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 20:40

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