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Negotiations back on track; India says pressure paid off

world Updated: Dec 17, 2009 23:30 IST

India on Thursday said "sustained pressure" applied by the developing countries had led to the resumption of the two-track climate negotiations in Copenhagen, hours after the process appeared floundering as a group of developed nations worked on a secret document.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said the negotiations had resumed on the two track process, even as he hailed the US announcement on a $100 billion annual financing fund as a "very important step".

"I think one good thing happened today, the negotiations have resumed on the two track process. I think the sustained pressure brought to bear by the developing countries has paid off," he said later.

He said India has a 75 per cent agreement with the US on "transparency" while 25 per cent disagreement (rpt) disagreement on "Monitoring, Reporting and Verification".

The BASIC countries and G-77 met Danish Prime Minister Lars Loke Rassmussen, who assured them that all further discussions would be transparent, based on consensus and there would be no surprises.

Ramesh had earlier said that a group of developed nations led by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown were working out a secret document which they intended to throw up as a surprise at the heads of state level talks.

Ramesh had said the developing countries had not been consulted and the host Denmark's reluctance to reveal anything on that process was "most baffling" and "mischievous".