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India resists pressure to go beyond Kyoto Protocol

India has opposed any amendment to the Kyoto protocol at the Copenhagen Climate meet as the EU pushed for an agreement that is "broader" than the 1997 treaty and puts more obligations on developing countries for cutting emissions.

world Updated: Dec 13, 2009 11:59 IST

India has opposed any amendment to the Kyoto protocol at the Copenhagen Climate meet as the EU pushed for an agreement that is "broader" than the 1997 treaty and puts more obligations on developing countries for cutting emissions.

The tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu has raised the proposal of adding another protocol to the Kyoto Protocol. Developing nations mainly India, China, South Africa and Brazil are, however, sticking to a one protocol approach.

"Our focus is on heightened implementation of the convention," Vijay Sharma, India's Environment Secretary told the gathered negotiators. "The spotlight is on existing commitments."

Tuvalu is a small island where people live two meters above sea level, and it could be swamped by rising sea levels.

Tuvalu's representative Ian Fry requested the minister of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, Connie Hedegaard to immediately form a contact group to consider the proposal for a new protocol that calls for vigorous action, such as binding cuts and puts less than 1.5 degree limit in warming, by developed countries and emerging economies.

President Connie Hedegaard had to suspend the work of the COP following a deadlock on the issue with some nations like Australia and EU supporting it.

Developing nations (India and China) and oil producing states including Saudi Arabia have opposed it on the ground that there should not be any detraction from Kyoto Protocol, the treaty that imposes legally binding sanctions on industrialised nations, excluding the US.