No major differences with US on climate change: Ramesh



No major differences with US on climate change: Ramesh Copenhagen: Admitting that India and other emerging economies' stand was considerably different from the 43 countries in the AOSIS, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that India had no major differences with the United States.

He noted that India was not having a major standoff with the United States but the real differences existed between the China and the developed world as well as the between European Union and the United States.

"India is not in the firing line," Ramesh told journalists here yesterday.

However, in the past few days US chief negotiator Todd Stern has told journalists here that that it would not suffice for developing countries to just post their domestic action taken to combat climate change for information and that powerful economies would need to demonstrate a greater commitment.

"There is no way to solve this problem by giving the major developing economies a pass," he said.

Stern noted that developing countries including Brazil, India, South Korea and China had made "significant" proposals but these would have to be "wrapped up" in an international agreement and not captured in "press release domestically".

Despite these glaring divergences, Ramesh told journalists that India and the US were not having problems here but the Americans had deeper contentions with China since it was the largest producer of greenhouse gases.

PTI