Sudan negotiator likens climate pact to Holocaust

2009-12-19 09:46

 

A negotiator from Sudan on Saturday likened the industrial powers’

plans to fight climate change to the Holocaust, as passions flared over a deal

in Copenhagen.

Sudanese official Lumumba Stanislas Dia-ping, who chairs the Group

of 77 and China bloc of 130 poor nations, angrily denounced a US-led draft

agreement on climate change during an all-night session.

The pact “is a solution based on values, the very same values in

our opinion that funnelled six million people in Europe into furnaces,” Dia-ping

said.

Dia-ping is known for strong statements and declared the draft deal

the worst in the history of climate negotiations.

The draft “asked Africa to sign a suicide pact, an incineration

pact, in order to maintain the economic dominance of a few countries,” he

said.

Delegates from a number of Western countries quickly took to the

floor to denounce the Sudanese delegate’s references as offensive.

Ed Miliband, Britain’s climate minister, condemned the “disgusting

comparison” which he said “should offend people across this conference whatever

background they come from.”

Dia-ping had accused Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of

bias against developing nations.

The agreement seeks to limit climate change to 2°?Celsius above

pre-industrial levels.

Rich countries also pledged to commit $30 billion (about

R227?billion) between 2010 and 2012 for poorer nations to cope with climate

change and set a goal of mobilising $100 billion by 2020.


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