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“But we would look forward to post-Copenhagen negotiations”

NEW DELHI: Anticipating only a political statement at the end of the Conference of Parties (COP) meeting on climate change in Copenhagen, India on Wednesday said such an outcome would not measure up to its expectations.

“But we are eternally hopeful and would look forward to post-Copenhagen negotiations,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told journalists on the eve of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s departure to Copenhagen on Thursday.

A key objective of India and its coalition partners was to ensure that any further work in the post-Copenhagen phase of negotiations proceeded on the basis of the principles and provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Bali Action Plan, Ms. Rao said, suggesting an extension of the talks for the next meeting scheduled in Mexico in the second half of 2010.

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