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Japan under fire for "unconstructive" stance on Kyoto Protocol

12-02-2010 13:55 BJT Special Report:UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun |

by Ren Haijun, Liu Jian, Liu Lili

CANCUN, Mexico, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Negotiators and non-governmental organizations attending the Cancun climate change conference slammed Japan Wednesday for its "unconstructive" stance on the Kyoto Protocol.

Japan's opposition to extending the Kyoto Protocol -- the binding international treaty that commits most of the world's developed countries to making emission cuts, is not very constructive, Brazilian Ambassador for Climate Change Sergio Serra told Xinhua.

Its stance on this issue "obviously will" be an obstacle to the Cancun conference "unless Japan compromises a little bit," Serra said.

"There is no way to move forward if we don't have the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol," Serra added.

Japan's opposition was made by Jun Arima, deputy director-general for environmental affairs at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry,

"Japan will not inscribe its target under the Kyoto Protocol on any conditions or under any circumstances," he said late Tuesday in an open session.

Serra said it's "ironic" that Japan, home country of the Kyoto Protocol, wants to throw it away.

Although the first commitment period of the Protocol will expire in 2012, Serra said "The Kyoto Protocol itself has no expiration date."

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