Developed world to blame if climate talks fail, says Ramesh


Copenhagen : Amid fears of a collapse in Copenhagen, Indian Minister of State for Environment Jairam Ramesh Thursday said the developed world would be blamed if the climate change talks here fail.

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Refusing to shoulder any burden of a possible failure at the summit, Ramesh said: “India, China, South Africa and Brazil are working very closely together. If the talks fail, it will be because of the process managed by Denmark would have failed. If the talks fail, it will be because the developed countries have not fulfilled their commitments under the Kyoto protocol.

“The developing countries led by China, India, South Africa, Brazil, the African group and the G77… we have worked very hard to bring the negations back on track. The blame (for failure) should not be laid on our doorsteps.

“The blame is fairly and squarely with the developed countries,” the minister told Times Now news channel.

Ramesh expressed satisfaction that the India-China relationship grew positively at Copenhagen. “I am very happy that one of the positive outcomes of Copenhagen is the cementing of ties between India- China.”

On Wednesday, Ramesh has sided with the developing countries.

Speaking at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, he said: “The well-known and widely accepted principles of (i) common but differentiated responsibility; and (ii) historical responsibilities are sacrosanct as far as we are concerned.”

His statement reassured many delegates from other developing countries, who in private had been expressing the fear that India may break ranks now that it was an emerging economy.

Developed countries want to bury the Kyoto Protocol – the current global treaty to tackle climate change – and many aspects of the Bali Action Plan finalised two years back.

Distancing himself from this position, Ramesh has said: “As a global goal, India subscribes to the view that the temperature increase ought not to exceed two degrees Celsius by 2050. But this objective must be firmly embedded in a demonstrably equitable access to atmospheric space, with adequate finance and technology available to all developing countries.”