India urges deal on climate change solution by 2010

India urges deal on climate change solution by 2010

Jairam Ramesh says India's stand at Copenhagen ready.

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Copenhagen: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday ruled out that India would compromise its stand on climate change and urged that the world reach a deal by 2010.

Ramesh told reporters at the Copenhagen climate change summit that the text of a political statement would be ready before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other world leaders reach Copenhagen for the final leg of the 12-day talks.

"I have clearly and categorically stated on behalf of the government of India that our Prime Minister is not coming here to negotiate the text," he said.

"India would not compromise on ‘teen murti’ (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol and Bali Action Plan)," said Ramesh ahead of Monday’s high-level segment which would see participation of environment ministers from across the globe.

"We must get an agreement in 2010," he said, adding that the text of the political statement should be ready by December 15.

Informal talks among world environment ministers on the draft deal, which has been criticised by rich and developing nations, continued over the weekend with the hope that they could agree on a text that could be put before the heads of state and government assembling for the plenary here later next week.

The highlight of the past week was an attempt by tiny Pacific Island nation Tuvalu to stall the negotiations by staging a walkout as the chair of the conference refused to take up its proposal for limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius from the pre-industrial years.

However, Danish Minister Connie Hedegaard, chairing the talks, insisted that procedural advances in the first six days had been "fantastic."

"The core discussions... have really started," she said adding the delegates "still have a daunting task in front of us over the next few days."

Ramesh, who is here to participate in the ministerial meet, has said India will play a constructive role in the climate negotiations but slammed efforts of rich nations to make domestic emission reduction claims by developing nations legally-binding and verifiable.

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