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Can't be evangelical while holding global level talks: Ramesh

delhi Updated: Jan 08, 2010 22:02 IST

Amid criticism that Copenhagen accord is against India's interest, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh Friday said the country should not be "evangelical" while holding negotiations at the global forum.

Pointing out that the accord had "settled many contentious points" between developed and developing countries on how to fight climate change without giving up on development, Ramesh said "we scored 2.5 out of three on the negotiation table".

Soon after the Copenhagen accord was prepared last month at the UN meet on climate change, various NGOs have been accusing India of bowing to the US and it was not in the interest of the country.

"The Copenhagen Accord is weak, meaningless and fundamentally flawed. It will be bad for the fight against climate change and bad for India," Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Director Sunita Narain said today.

Ramesh, while admitting that the negotiations did not meet any body's expectations, said "still the developing nations managed to ensure that the talks would continue at the multilateral level and that a legal binding treaty is formulated at Mexico when the UN parties meet next".

Asked to comment on the failure's of Copenhagen meet, Ramesh who was closely involved in the last-minute talks at the Danish capital, said issues like whether the accord would be legally binding or what should be goal of curbing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, remain unanswered".

He also felt that the accord was floundering on financial aspects, with most of the fund being proposed to be generated through the market instead of a public fund as proposed in the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.