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Thu, 17 Dec 2009 16:13:49 GMT

Climate summit collapses, blame game begins

Copenhagen: The climate summit in this Danish capital collapsed Thursday as host Denmark insisted on pushing its own "political declaration", ignoring the pleas of the poor nations.

Climate summit collapses, blame game begins

India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said: "The blame game will now start, but the developing countries are not to be blamed."

With Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen refusing to show the environment minister of any developing country a draft of the political declaration he will present to the heads of state Thursday evening, the negotiators working to advance agreements on the Kyoto Protocol and long-term cooperative action to tackle climate change had little reason to go ahead -- and those talks collapsed overnight too.

"We tried our best to make the Copenhagen summit a success, but the process is deeply flawed and there's a huge trust deficit. There has been no sincere effort by the Danish government," Ramesh said.

"We've repeatedly asked the Danes for the draft (political declaration). They have repeatedly promised to give it to us, but the promise has not been fulfilled. We've worked in good faith, but they are working to delay because they want to present it directly to the heads of state," Ramesh said.

Source: IANS


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