Two negotiators pull out of India`s Copenhagen delegation

Last Updated: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 15:34

New Delhi: Just two days before the start of the Copenhagen
Climate Summit, two key Indian negotiators have pulled out of
the delegation expressing reservations to certain
announcements made by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in
the Lok Sabha regarding India`s position on the issue.

Former IFS officer Chandrashekhar Dasgupta and
ex-Environment Secretary Pradipto Dasgupta who did not join
the delegation met Ramesh on Sunday and discussed in length on the
questions regarding issues such as country`s basic position on
per capita emission principles, transfer of technology,
verification and domestically financed programmes.

Sources said that the negotiators also wanted to know if the negotiations at the Copenhagen will be based on
per capita emissions as stated by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting
and the general question of making unreciprocated concessions.

Singh has pushed for a legally binding instrument based
on core principles of the UNFCCC and the 2007 Bali Action Plan
seeking principles of equity.

Other negotiators have already left for Copenhagen last
evening to participate in the talks to chalk out a new climate
treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

A section of the negotiators were unhappy after Ramesh
announced voluntary carbon intensity reduction to the tune of
20-25 per cent by 2020 in Parliament on Thursday.

The negotiating team comprising Shyam Saran, Prime
Ministers` Special Envoy on climate change, Ajai Mathur, head
of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Vijai Sharma, Environment
Secretary has left for Copenhagen.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 15:34

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