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China: EU terms for Kyoto extension unfair

12-05-2011 08:22 BJT Special Report:Durban Climate Change Conference |

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In South Africa, the Durban climate talks continue with parties discussing a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol. China is accusing the European Union of setting "unfair" conditions for developing countries but says it remains open to negotiations.

Extending the Kyoto protocol remains the most contentious issue in Durban.

The EU says it won’t extend targets under the protocol unless there is a timetable for negotiating a single legally binding instrument joined by China and the US after 2020. And it wants the deal to be reached by 2015.

Protestors shout during a climate change rally outside the climate change summit held
in the city of Durban, South Africa, Friday, Dec 2, 2011.

China’s leading climate negotiator thinks the EU is just shifting the goal posts.

However, the EU is the only group of countries that would seriously consider a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol.

The United States never ratified the Protocol and Japan, Canada, and Russia have already rejected extending the treaty.

Su also ruled out claims in some reports that China would make legally binding commitments in Durban, saying the post-2020 targets are not on the agenda in Durban.

Su says China still hopes to secure a really effective and legally binding second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, even though the prospects are gloomy.

An environmental activist demonstrates outside the United Nations
Climate Change conference (COP17) in Durban December 3, 2011.

Environmental activists with their bodies painted demonstrate outside the United
Nations Climate Change conference (COP17) in Durban December 3, 2011.

United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary
Christiana Figueres addresses environmental activists outside the United Nations
Climate Change conference (COP17) in Durban December 3, 2011.


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