Jairam Ramesh denies rift in government on climate pact
New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Sunday denied there were any differences in the government over India’s negotiating stance at next week’s climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Reacting to reports that two key Indian negotiators had decided to opt out of the team going to Copenhagen because of an apparent change in goal posts, Ramesh cleared the air, saying that he had met the concerned negotiators and had “necessary and productive” discussions with them.
Describing the Indian negotiating team as valuable colleagues, he said: “We have finalised the nitty-gritty of India’s negotiating stand at Copenhagen, and the team will leave for Copenhagen on Tuesday.”
On Saturday, key negotiator and former diplomat Chandrashekhar Dasgupta decided not to leave for Copenhagen on Monday, saying that he needed to have more “discussions” with the government on what New Delhi’s final stand would be at the summit.
Dasgupta was said to be very unhappy with India accepting a 20-25 percent reduction in carbon emission intensity, a move voiced by Ramesh in Parliament earlier this week.
The acceptance of the reduction was seen in certain quarters as bowing to pressure from the United States.
What acerbated irritation in certain quarters in New Delhi was a White House statement that India acted in concert with the US. China too has also announced that it plans a 20 to 25 percent carbon emission cut by 2020.
Ramesh said the carbon intensity reduction target was voluntary and not binding.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Trouble mounts for Salman Khan as driver reiterates that actor killed blackbuck
- PM Modi to chair NITI aayog meeting today
- Narsingh Yadav dope scandal: NADA set to announce verdict today
- Protests in Kashmir were fuelled by LeT: Hafiz Saeed
- Cabinet approves changes to GST Bill, drops 1% additional tax
- Terrorist captured in J&K's Kupwara district is Pakistani national from Lahore: Report
- No question of tampering with samples of shot putter Inderjeet Singh: NADA boss
- New Israeli settlement plans `provocative and counterproductive`: US
- One billion iPhones have been sold: Apple CEO Tim Cook
- US prosecutors drop all charges in Freddie Gray death