Greenpeace hails decision to continue talks

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Greenpeace has welcomed the position taken by Ministers of BASIC, a grouping of Brazil, South Africa, India and China, who met here on Sunday, to continue negotiations to clinch a fair and ambitious climate agreement within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

However, Greenpeace emphasised that such an agreement should be legally binding.

In a joint statement, the Ministers called for meetings of the Convention’s working groups on long-term cooperative action and the Kyoto Protocol to be held in March this year.

They also wanted the working groups to meet at least five times before the next major climate conference, scheduled for November 29 in Mexico.

The Ministers wanted all negotiations conducted in an inclusive and transparent manner. They favoured better South-South scientific cooperation and support for vulnerable countries to adapt to climate change.

In a statement, Greenpeace said it was encouraged by the willingness of BASIC to support vulnerable countries, by ensuring their participation in open and transparent negotiations and providing them with technological and or financial support.

However, the BASIC countries must make their support more tangible by the time of its next meeting to be hosted by the South African government in April 2010.

Pointing to the further consolidation of the BASIC countries as a group, Greenpeace urged them to assume the responsibilities concomitant to an alliance of such influential economic powers.

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