Climate talks on verge of collapse

2009-12-17 11:48

CLIMATE negotiations in Copenhagen are on the verge of

collapsing.

Following a day of high tension, the Danish president of the UN

climate conference indicated his intention to propose a brand new negotiations

text.

Details about the text have not yet been released.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, yesterday took over

presidency of the conference from Connie Hedegaard.

Hedegaard is now involved in informal talks with environmental

ministers and heads of state in an attempt to try and get them to reach

consensus.

But proposals for a new text have already been met with

resistance.

Rasmussen, said the public is demanding progress in

negotiations.

‘‘The world expects us to progress but all that we are talking

about is procedures, procedures, procedures.’’

China’s chief negotiator Wei Su, responded to this, saying it’s not

just about procedures but about the content of proposals made.

He was adamant that a new negotiating text could not be forced on

delegates.

Sources close to the negotiations labelled Rasmussen’s proposal as

a high-risk political gamble.

Negotiators worked throughout the night trying to word a new text

for the ministerial segment of the negotiations.

There is, however, a huge break in trust between the developing and

developed countries.

About 190 governments are consulting on a new climate change pact

that must stop drastic climate change while thousands of protesters continue to

gather outside the conference centre.

About 150 people have so far been arrested. Teargas and pepperspray

have been used to control crowds. Extra concrete barriers have also been

erected.


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