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China protests Copenhagen chair's draft texts

Updated: 2009-12-16 20:48
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China protests Copenhagen chair's draft texts Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

COPENHAGEN: China on Wednesday protested the draft outcome texts of the Copenhagen climate change conference that the Danish presidency put forward without consulting the parties to the conference.

"This is a party-driven process. You can't just put forward some texts from the sky," China's chief negotiator Su Wei said at the morning session of the conference after an announcement by the Danish presidency on the draft texts.

It has been agreed that the only legitimate basis for discussion on the outcome of the Copenhagen talks will be the outcome of the work by the two major working groups of the conference, Su said. The move by the conference presidency "would very much endanger the successful outcome in Copenhagen."

India, Brazil and some other developing nations also protested the move by the presidency. Many countries are demanding a legally binding climate treaty to be reached in Copenhagen, but divisions between developed and developing nations, mainly over emissions reduction and financing, were eroding chances of such a deal.

World leaders are arriving in Copenhagen to endorse efforts to reach a deal as the conference moved into the final segment.