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BASIC strategises to counter Danish draft; COP resumes

india Updated: Dec 17, 2009 10:11 IST
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The developing countries fear that the mysterious draft prepared by Denmark would be sprung upon hours before the high-level segment of climate talks begins, making it difficult for any world leader to oppose.

India met other BASIC countries Brazil, South Africa and China in an emergency meeting for almost three hours last night to discuss the plan of action on a day when negotiations were delayed for eight hours and very little work could be done on the two texts that parties have actually been working on for more than a week.

The developing countries are angry that the mysterious draft text that has been prepared by the Danish presidency has not been circulated for the rest of the parties to study.

There is a strong suspicion that this is a deliberate move on the part of the developed nations.

Speaking after the meeting, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that the BASIC countries were going to insist the negotiations resume early next day and the drafting of the texts would be completed.

"We reviewed the state of play. We are concerned that we don't have text," he said.

"Today has been a wasted day," Ramesh added, underlining that BASIC hoped that today would be the last day of the negotiations. "The process has been badly handled".

The minister noted that the negotiations would probably end in a political agreement but it was the "content of the political declaration" that was still uncertain.

Earlier in the day chaos ensued when it was announced that the Danish presidency had prepared texts on both tracks dealing with two tracks of the Kyoto Protocol and Long Term Cooperative Action (LCA).