`Asia should take lead in combating climate change`

East Timor President Jose Ramos Manuel-Horta today urged Asian nations, particularly India and China, to take lead in preparing a road map to combat issues related to climate change.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 18:36 PM IST

Thiruvananthpuram: East Timor President Jose
Ramos Manuel-Horta today urged Asian nations, particularly
India and China, to take lead in preparing a road map to
combat issues related to climate change.

"Asian countries should not look upon the West for help
in initiating action on environmental impact caused by climate
change. Scientists, scholars and technocrats in Asia should
take steps and do `what they can do` without looking to the
West for assistance," he said.

Though scientific data had proved that developed nations
are mainly responsible for global warming leading to climate
change, Asian countries too had a role in it, he said.

Horta was addressing an international conference on
`Global Warming, Climate Change` here today.

Hence, it is the responsibility of Asia to take the lead
in preparing a road map to eliminate poverty and check global
warming before the next International Conference on Climate
change, he said.

He said Asian countries have resources and capability to
address the challenge. "But the question is whether we have
the vision and political willpower`.

`Once we are determined and initiate action, others will
follow`, Horta said.

On his absence at the recent Climate Change Summit in
Copenhagen, Horta said he had not attended it as he knew no
concrete decision would emerge. "The result of the summit
proved I was right."

Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor, who presided the
conference, said poor countries are main victims of climate
change as developed nations have the technology and resources
to safeguard the environment.

The event was organised by Santhigiri Research Foundation
in association with UNESCO and American Centre.

PTI