India, SAARC not to move away from Kyoto Protocol: Ramesh

India, SAARC not to move away from Kyoto Protocol: Ramesh

New Delhi: India and other south Asian nations on Tuesday made it clear that climate change negotiations in Copenhagen should adhere to the Kyoto Protocol that imposes emission cuts on developed countries.

Environment minister Jairam Ramesh said after the eighth meeting of SAARC environment ministers that the SAARC members would also adhere to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Bali Action Plan.

“The SAARC speaks in one voice that we should not move away from UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol and the Bali Action Plan on climate change," he said.

Ramesh, however, refused to take any questions on his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which he had reportedly suggested junking Kyoto Protocol and getting out of the G-77 on climate change issues.

But, on Monday he clarified that there was no change in India’s stand on climate change.

In the run up to the climate change talks in Copenhagen in December, developed nations are stepping up pressure on emerging economies like India, China and Brazil to take up legally binding greenhouse gas emission cuts, a move stoutly opposed by them.