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Broad binding roadmap on the cards

world Updated: Dec 10, 2010 00:00 IST
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In repeat of Copenhagen, negotiators are looking at a statement, which may be adopted at the Cancun climate talks of 194 nations, unlike the accord of which the summit had only taken note of.

Backroom negotiations continued to work out a statement with information annexures listing pledges of countries. Japan, which has got the Kyoto Protocol almost killed, is insisting its commitments not be mentioned in the annexure.

An Indian negotiator said all issues have been sorted out except mitigation and finance. “We except brief paras in the statement on these issues once an agreement is reached on broad parameters.”

India has, however, failed to convince Japan to agree to a second commitment period for Kyoto Protocol. “They have not agreed,” environment minister Jairam Ramesh said. The Japanese delegation told Ramesh their PM has categorically stated that it will not agree to it.

Host nation Mexico is trying to get something out of the summit. “We expect a comprehensive binding statement from the summit,” an official said.