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The G-77's ominous warming

By Juliet Eilperin
Nafie Ali Nafie, the assistant president of Sudan who is representing the G-77 plus China, made it clear in his opening speech at the high-level climate summit Wednesday that developing countries will torpedo any agreement that replaces the current climate pact, the Kyoto Protocol.

"We will oppose an agreement in Copenhagen which, in any way, results in the Kyoto Protocol being superceded, or being made in any way redundant," Nafie said.

The Kyoto Protocol imposes emission limits on industrialized nations while leaving those by major developing nations, such as China and India, unchecked. The talks' Danish hosts have made it clear that nothing agreed to this week would replace Kyoto, which is one of two negotiating tracks in the U.N. talks, but several industrialized nations--including Australia and members of the European Union--have floated the idea of creating a new, single-track agreement that would include binding commitments from both developed and major emerging economies.

Several experts said the dispute threatens to derail the talks altogether, though countries are working to avert it.


Juliet Eilperin

 |  December 16, 2009; 9:20 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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