India played a “constructive role” to bring solutions to difficult issues at the recently concluded UN climate change conference while remaining “faithful” to its own national interests, the United States has said.
“I think India played a particularly constructive role in Cancun,” Special U.S. Envoy on Climate Change, Todd Stern told reporters at a news briefing.
The Indian delegation was led by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at the meet.
“I think that India was very much faithful to its own national interests and faithful to its role in the G-77, but at the same time creatively looking for solutions to difficult issues in the negotiation in a way that could bring in both, developing and developed nations,” Mr. Stern said in response to a question.
“India really played a particularly constructive role in trying to find solutions that would bring everybody to the table. And one good example of that is on the issue of transparency, which was very important,” he said.
It was important because all countries should have confidence in each other so that the pledges were actually taken to a logical conclusion, Stern said.
“And so it’s an important issue -- very different views, and India found -- India made a proposal that I think people fundamentally came around. Its ultimate language wasn’t exactly what India suggested, but it was really quite important, and India did that,” Mr. Stern said while appreciating India’s role at the Cancun meet.