Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat on Monday said the Copenhagen Accord on climate change was disappointing, as it was not a legally binding agreement on emission cuts.

Mr. Karat alleged that the U.S. and other developed countries adopted tactics to prevent any such decision, and pursued the path of trying to go back on the Kyoto Protocol commitment. They themselves were not ready for deep cuts in emissions, but sought to impose such cuts on developing countries, he told journalists here.

He said the CPI(M) had warned the UPA government not to announce unilateral steps before the negotiations, and without getting reciprocal commitments on deep cuts by the developed countries. “Since the UPA government had announced unilateral cuts before the negotiation, India lost its bargaining power.”

He, however, said the united resistance put up by developing countries, which prevented the U.S. and other developed countries from achieving their aim, was a positive outcome in Copenhagen.

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