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New Delhi says ‘no’ to emission cap deadline

India on Friday refused to take a deadline for capping its emissions unlike China, saying the ongoing climate meet in Lima was not to discuss peaking year and hoped the world would reach a deal to cut down carbon emissions.

“Peaking year is not an issue to be discussed in Lima,” Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told a press conference just ahead of leaving for the Peruvian capital to participate in the high-level ministerial segment of the U.N. climate conference where nations are discussing steps for a new deal in Paris to replace the Kyoto Protocol on global warming.

Meena Menon reports from Lima:

The road map to Paris is fraught with contentious debates over the focus of contributions from countries and whether it was enough to take only mitigation seriously as developed nations are doing at the U.N. climate talks here.

The main issues which are dividing countries are centred on the excessive focus on mitigation which is opposed by the developing countries. Mohammed Adow, senior adviser, Global Advocacy and Alliances, said the main question is if the draft texts have enough clarity on the deal to be finalised in Paris.

Most developing countries were favouring a review process to assess contributions, though India remains totally opposed to such a process.

As the debate got contentious, the co-chairs of the session were attacked for not allowing the views of countries to be heard and South Africa said that this was eroding the trust of parties.

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