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Updated: December 10, 2011 09:49 IST

EU raises heat on India over climate deal

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South Africa's foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane speaks during a media briefing at the climate change conference taking place in the city of Durban, South Africa on Friday. The United States, China and India could scuttle attempts to save the only treaty governing global warming, Europe's top negotiator said on Friday hours before a 194-nation U.N. climate conference was to close. Photo: AP
South Africa's foreign minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane speaks during a media briefing at the climate change conference taking place in the city of Durban, South Africa on Friday. The United States, China and India could scuttle attempts to save the only treaty governing global warming, Europe's top negotiator said on Friday hours before a 194-nation U.N. climate conference was to close. Photo: AP

We have open mind, says Jayanthi Natarajan

The European Union (EU) on Friday blamed India for blocking a new legally-binding agreement, saying New Delhi was maintaining a “relatively tough stand”, preventing countries from arriving at a conclusion in Durban.

India said it was open to discussions if issues of equity — the right to grow — were taken into account.

EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard said there were two sticking points with India — the future of the legal form of the agreement and the timeframe in which countries should make the emission cuts.

The EU has proposed a “roadmap” for a single, legally-binding framework by 2015.

She said of the BASIC quartet, Brazil and South Africa had agreed to the EU's proposal while China had shown some flexibility, but India was maintaining a “relatively tough stand”.

‘Within reach'

“As of today, the agreement is within reach on the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol — the only existing legal regime — roadmap for negotiations and the future regime that would be global and legally binding,” said Ms. Hedegaard.

She said the EU's roadmap had been accepted by the majority of countries — small island states, least-developed countries and the African Union.

“But the success and failure of Durban depends on some countries which are not committed to the roadmap, so we have to get them on board,” she said.

Ms. Hedegaard said: “India wants to continue on two tracks — legal and voluntary — while more and more countries have realised that we should not for all eternity keep two tracks.”

“Of course, we should not all commit the same but we have to find a formula that recognise the reality of 21st century. The second point is about the timeline — when should the legal agreement enter into force,” she said.

Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan, leader of the Indian delegation, refuted the EU's allegation, saying she was here with an open mind as long as issues raised by the country were addressed.

“I had a meeting with the BASIC this morning and our stand has been the same. I have come here with an open mind but we want to know the content of the legally binding [agreement]. We want to know if they are going to give us a ratifiable Kyoto in return,” she told IANS.

She said India's demands had been “extremely reasonable” and “we want to know” how common but differentiated responsibility, equity, intellectual property rights and trade measures would figure in the treaty. — IANS

The EU is an utterly dishonest institution and in my opinion they are enemies of humanity. They are trying their best to hamper the development of India using underhanded means. It is also well known that EU elite are getting rich selling "carbon credits" - this is the modern version of the sale of Papal indulgences and a new form of European parasitism.

The weakness and naivete of the Indian Government in dealing with these hardened, racist European gangsters is very disheartening to watch. Any agreement signed now will be adjudicated by institutions that are crawling with Europeans or their puppets - a recipe for disaster.

The Indian media has also failed on this issue. Please watch how uniformly Western media outlets support the interests of the rich countries on this issue painting developing countries as villains. In sharp contrast, the Indian media is far from defending Indian interests with vigor, even allowing hostile foreigners space to promote the European view.

from:  V Agarwal
Posted on: Dec 12, 2011 at 22:24 IST

If these crop of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats are there, then India (except all other countries in the world) will be a growing country always. Here the growth means in population and poverty. In all other aspects, it will be degenerating...

from:  Narayan
Posted on: Dec 11, 2011 at 23:49 IST

India is home to world's largest poor people and to get them out of poverty the country requires economic growth and development, and its obvious that for this the energy consumption would be increased. Therefore it would be great unjust to the people of India and the nation if it is not treated with equity. There should be greater responsibility on more developed nations rather than treating all the nations with same stick.

from:  Asif Ali Khan
Posted on: Dec 11, 2011 at 12:18 IST

What global warming issues with India is EU talking about? When France is dumping high nuclear heat into the oceans and rivers and so other 400 nuclear plants which generate heat temperatures of the sun, use only a fraction of the heat and dump the rest through so-called cooling pipes into the ocean. It's the ice that's melting from this heat overload! Why also worry about global warming when there is heavy global radiation from these plants and Japan will be spewing for
infinity high levels of radiation into the sea, atmostphere, which is picked up by the water bodies and transferred all over. High levels of cesium and strontium are being found everywhere even in the U.S.
Before we die from the heat we shall all be dead from nuclear radiation especially with Middle East countries using civilian nuclear
proliferation prepare their nuclear bombs. Why do Middle East countries need nuclear plants when they are sitting on OIL. One meltdown will blow up their entire country!

from:  angela alvares
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 15:30 IST

Where were the EU countries' concerns for the environment when they were all embarking upon rapid industrialization? What is the amount of the greenhouse gases that they emitted compared to the poorer countries who were still under their colonial rules in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world during that period? The biggest polluters must share the greater share of responsibility with regard to emission cuts and so on than the least ones. An equal burden of share cannot be applied to all the countries, developed developing alike.

from:  Mukul Kanti Dutta
Posted on: Dec 10, 2011 at 02:42 IST
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