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US wants transparency on emission cuts from developing nations

The US on Tuesday demanded "adequate transparency" from major developing countries on their national carbon emission reduction targets, saying this was a "key part of the agreement" being worked out.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2009 17:28 IST

The US on Tuesday demanded "adequate transparency" from major developing countries on their national carbon emission reduction targets, saying this was a "key part of the agreement" being worked out.

As negotiations entered their ninth day, US Chief envoy on climate change, Todd Stern said key differences remained with major developing economies especially on the issues of monitoring, reporting and verification of actions taken at the national level though some progress had been made.

India, China and other developing countries have ruled out the possibility of international monitoring of their domestic actions.

"The need in our view (is) of major developing countries to set forth their intended actions on this agreement and to indicate their resolve to implement them," Stern said.

"That is a key part to the agreement... That is the major developing countries not everybody," he told journalists in Copenhagen.

India's position is that only the action supported by finances and technology from the developed countries will be up for international scrutiny while all unsupported action will only be assessed by the parliament.

It will also be posted through a national communication to the UN perhaps every two years for "information" purposes only, India has said.

Stern, however, said: "There are legitimate concerns that people have about how the process runs about transparency and inclusiveness".