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Two key negotiators pull out of India's Copenhagen delegation

delhi Updated: Dec 06, 2009 15:12 IST

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Just two days before Copenhagen climate summit, two key Indian negotiators have pulled out of the delegation expressing reservations to certain announcements made by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in the Lok Sabha regarding India's position on the issue.

Former IFS officer Chandrashekhar Dasgupta and ex-Environment Secretary Pradipto Dasgupta who did not join the delegation met Ramesh on Sunday and discussed in length on the questions regarding issues such as country's basic position on per capita emission principles, transfer of technology, verification and domestically financed programmes.

Sources told PTI that the negotiators also wanted to be know if the negotiations at the Copenhagen will be based on per capita emissions as stated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and the general question of making unreciprocated concessions.

Singh has pushed for a legally binding instrument based on core principles of the UNFCCC and the 2007 Bali Action Plan seeking principles of equity.

Other negotiators has already left for Copenhagen last evening to participate in the talks to chalk out a new climate treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

A section of the negotiators were unhappy after Ramesh announced voluntary carbon intensity reduction to the tune of 20-25 per cent by 2020 in Parliament on Thursday.

The negotiating team comprising Shyam Saran, Prime Ministers' Special Envoy on climate change, Ajai Mathur, head of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Vijai Sharma, Environment Secretary has left for Copenhagen.