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India against US trade barrier for climate policy

India's chief climate change negotiator says his country wants a global warming agreement that forbids trade barriers against nations that refuse to accept limits on their carbon emissions.

world Updated: Aug 14, 2009 16:22 IST

India's chief climate change negotiator says his country wants a global warming agreement that forbids trade barriers against nations that refuse to accept limits on their carbon emissions.

India has introduced language into a draft climate change accord that is largely directed against efforts by US Congress to impose trade penalties on goods and services from countries that do not commit to specific action against greenhouse gases.

Chief delegate Shyam Saran says such measures look like protectionism under a green label, and are further complicating the climate negotiations.

The latest round of talks on a new climate accord adjourn on Friday and reconvene next month in Thailand. A deal is meant to be completed in December.