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December 17, 2007

ENVIRONMENT/BALI CONFERENCE
Developed countries ready to mitigate carbon emissions
Although talks in Saturday`s session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference were marked by tough debates, they finally resulted in a developed countries` agreement to take part in carbon emission mitigation efforts, Indonesia`s chief delegate Emil Salim said.

"It was evident that the US delegation has accepted the commitment and agreement as a result of the conference, so the developed countries will just adhere to what the conference decides," Emil said on the sidelines of the conference.

On Saturday, US Chief Negotiator Paul Dobriansky eventually said the US was ready to accept the Bali Roadmap after it had received pressure from a number of other delegations in a plenary session of the UNFCCC.

He said after noting the many strong commitments made by developing countries in the plenary sesion, the US delegation had decided to also take part in efforts to mitigate climate change.

Earlier, Dobriansky, who is also US deputy state secretary for democracy ad global affairs, had voiced rejection of the draft Bali Roadmap because, he said, it accommodated the interest of developing countries while putting a heavy burden on the US.

But now the developed nations would lead efforts to reduce pollution caused by carbon (C02) emissions, Emil said, adding that those efforts should indeed not be the responsiblity of the developing countries only.

"Indonesia, for instance, will continue to conduct emission mitigation in addition to continuing its tree-planting programm which are expected to absorb CO2," he said.


The 12-day conference was attended by delegations from 189 countries.


Courtesy Antara

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