London: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown today said that UN climate summit in Copenhagen was "held to ransom" by a small group of countries, as his climate
secretary accused China of hijacking the talks to block a legally binding treaty.
"China vetoed attempts to give legal force to the accord reached at the UN summit in the Danish capital," Ed Miliband, British climate secretary wrote in `The Guardian`.
His remarks were followed by the Downing Street releasing comments by Prime Minister Gordon Brown saying that a small group of countries had held the summit to ransom.
Brown did not name the countries.
"Never again should we face the deadlock that threatened to pull down those talks. Never again should we let a global deal to move towards the greener future be held to ransom by only a handful of countries," Brown said in comments released by Downing Street.
Miliband in his Op-Ed in The Guardian also accused China of blocking an agreement on reduction in global emissions.
"This was chaotic process bogged down by procedural games. The procedural wrangling was in fact a cover for points of serious substantive disagreement," the British minister