Climate summit adjourns as India-prepared accord comes under fire

Climate summit adjourns as India-prepared accord comes under fire

Demonstrators hold a picture of U.S. President Barack Obama during a demonstration outside the Bella Center, the venue of the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, early on Saturday. AP

In the early hours of Saturday, Tuvalu, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua led the attack on the accord, calling it undemocratic because it had been prepared by India in consultation with the US, China, Brazil and South Africa.

The accord had been shown to representatives of 25 nations before being presented to the plenary session of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, but that did not satisfy some delegates.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, who was presiding over the plenary session, had no choice but to adjourn the meeting and retire behind closed doors in yet another attempt to hammer out a compromise that would save the summit from total failure.

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