India: road map from Bali unambiguous

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Dec 16, 2007 16:20 IST

India today said the road map from Bali, where 190 nations joined hands to fight global warming, was clear and unambiguous with both developed and developing worlds having their own obligations.

"I think the developed world has appreciated the fact that they have commitments and the developing world has appreciated the fact that they have responsibilities. As long as that is understood, the road map from Bali is clear and unambiguous," Union Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said.

Sibal's comments came after the Bali conference on Saturday set a 2009 deadline for a landmark pact to fight global warming.

After talks and an impassioned intervention by UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the Bali conference agreed to launch a process to negotiate a new treaty that will take effect when the UN Kyoto Protocol's commitments expire in 2012.

However, the US has voiced "serious concerns" over its provisions and complained that it did not do enough to commit countries like India and China to big cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.

It underlined lingering division over how to confront the perils of global warming, which scientists warn will put millions of people at risk of hunger, homelessness and disease by the end of the century if temperatures keep rising at current rates.


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