Clamour grows for PM to attend Climate summit
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 19:58
New Delhi: Calls are growing for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend the forthcoming Climate Change summit in Copenhagen even as he told US President Barack Obama today that India would play a constructive role in the negotiations.

Singh told Obama when the President called him up this morning that India looked forward to a successful outcome in Copenhagen, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said today.

During the "brief conversation", the two leaders discussed the Summit, it said. The Summit starts on December seven and around 90 Presidents and Prime Ministers are expected to participate on the concluding day on December 18.

Though Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have suggested that the Prime Minister should attend the Copenhagen summit, Singh is weighing his options and yet to take a call.

The Prime Minister was meanwhile urged by climate change expert and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC) Chairman R K Pachauri to attend the UN summit to signify that India is a deal maker and not a deal breaker.

"I hope the Prime Minister will go to Copehangen since the environment minister (Jairam Ramesh) has already been stressing that India wants to be seen as a deal-maker and not deal-breaker," Pachauri said at a function here.

"I think for the PM to go there is an extremely important development," he added.

Ahead of the Summit, Pachauri said there was no question of India taking legally binding emission cuts.

India could table its domestic plans on climate change at the Copenhagen meet in case rest of the world agrees for collective commitments on emission cuts and ensures fund and technology to combat threat, he said.


First Published: Tuesday, December 01, 2009, 19:58

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