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India urges nations to scale down ambitions for a global climate agreement in Copenhagen rather than have “exaggerated expectations”

October 13, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

India’s Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Saturday urged nations to scale down ambitions for a global climate deal at December’s UN conference in Copenhagen rather than have “exaggerated expectations”.

“We have to be realistic, we have to be pragmatic,” Ramesh said according to Reuters. “We should not derail Copenhagen by having exaggerated expectations. Let us clinch those elements of the deal that we can clinch.”

He said countries may need to come back to Copenhagen after December to reach a wider deal. Instead of binding emissions cuts, Ramesh suggested governments should now focus on agreeing on three main areas: finance for adaptation to climate change, a deal to combat deforestation and promote forestation, and technology sharing.

“Even the United States is in agreement on these three issues,” Ramesh told an international editors’ meeting in the Danish capital. Ramesh further blamed the European Union for abandoning the basic structure of the Kyoto Protocol at last week’s Bangkok talks and said it was up to the EU to bridge the lack of trust.

“It is the European Union that has given the impression in Bangkok that it is ready to abandon the basic architecture of the Kyoto Protocol to accommodate the United States,” he said, adding, “Recent events in Bangkok have cast a long shadow over what is going to happen in the Copenhagen negotiations.”

Source: Official Website of COP15

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