India not to budge on basic climate positions: Ramesh

India not to budge on basic climate positions: Ramesh
PTI
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First Published: Sat, Dec 12 2009. 01 03 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Dec 12 2009. 01 03 PM IST
Copenhagen: India will not compromise on its basic positions on climate change while playing a constructive role for evolving an effective and equitable global pact on emission cuts, environment minister Jairam Ramesh has said.
On his first day at the climate meet here, Ramesh also said India’s national voluntary domestic measures to tackle global warming were not up for international scrutiny and progress on these would be checked by country’s Parliament.
Ramesh told journalists here that his discussions were focused on the various drafts of potential treaty from the Working Groups on Kyoto, the African group and Alliance of Island States (AOSIS) that have been circulating at the climate meet here.
“In all these discussions I have had ... the basic objective was to highlight not only what India has done in recent weeks pro-actively, voluntarily but also to underscore the basic positions India will not compromise on even as it engages in constructive negotiations,” he said.
While ruling out any dilution of previously-stated “red lines” drawn by India, the minister also made it clear that it will not agree to the concept of “peaking” year as it will adversely impact the development of rural electricity in the country which is already facing a huge backlog in this area.
India has asserted that every individual has a right to an equal atmospheric space and feels the rich countries are trying to deny this to poorer populations of Asia and Africa.
It says there cannot be an international treaty which creates a group of haves and have-nots.
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