Copenhagen accord betrayal of poor nations: Jaitley

Copenhagen accord betrayal of poor nations: Jaitley

Arun Jaitley

The accord says one thing and the government's understanding is another, Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha, following a statement by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on the Copenhagen climate summit, while referring to the controversial Sharm-el-Sheikh joint statement signed by the prime ministers of India and Pakistan in Egypt earlier this year.

The government has been "outwitted" in the drafting of the document, Jaitley said while labelling it a "US-BASIC" accord, rather than an accord among all 192 nations attending the summit. The BASIC countries are  Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

"It (the accord) appears to be a complete betrayal of the poor nations," he added.
He also asked the government to  clarify "what will be the consequences under the guidelines (of the accord)".

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