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Jayanthi takes on rich nations

Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan took on Canada and small island nations on Friday night for terming India as a ‘deal breaker’ at climate summit and said “legally binding” cannot be confused with “ambition”.

world Updated: Dec 11, 2011 02:16 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan took on Canada and small island nations on Friday night for terming India as a ‘deal breaker’ at climate summit and said “legally binding” cannot be confused with “ambition”.

“It would be helpful if we do not talk at each other and do not prejudge each other,” she said at a late night meeting with ministers at Durban Summit.

The negotiations continued till late Saturday morning with an effort to find a compromise on eight points of the text emerging from the green room, known as Ibadha.

The EU negotiators said the agreement was possible only after the new climate treaty came into effect after ratification by each country after 2020. Indian negotiators, however, said “wait and watch.”

India had been branded as a ‘deal-breaker’ at the summit for not agreeing to legally binding treaty but got some support of other Basic group — China, Brazil and South Africa.

“We cannot allow another process (European Union's roadmap on binding treaty by 2015) to start,” said a senior South African negotiator admitting that there was an overwhelming support for having a climate treaty by 2015.

Natarajan's speech, which was received with thumping of desks pointed out that there was an attempt to junk the Kyoto Protocol, agreed 14 years ago.

"Countries which had signed and ratified it are walking away without even a polite goodbye. And yet, pointing at others," Natarajan said while referring to remarks by Canada that India was blocking way to sign a new climate treaty by 2015.

She pointed out three flaws in the declaration texts. First, there was no emission reduction target for developed nations, second no time for ratification of the second commitment period of the protocol and third no indication of how the gap in the implementation will be avoided.