(BN) Japan Declines UN Request for Flexibility at Climate Talks


Japan Declines UN Request for Flexibility at Climate Talks
2010-12-08 21:28:06.248 GMT

By Alex Morales
Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Japan said it declined a request from
the presiding officer at United Nations climate talks to make
its position against adopting a new round of greenhouse gas
reductions after 2012 more flexible.
"The Japanese position is still very firm," Kuni Shimada,
the nation's lead climate envoy, said at the UN global warming
talks today in Cancun, Mexico. "The COP president wants to see
some flexibility, but it's quite difficult for Japan to have the
flexibility because that's the position coming from the top."
The greenhouse gas emissions limits agreed in Kyoto, Japan,
in 1997 expire in 2012. China, India and Brazil say a second
round of commitments from industrial nations is necessary to
keep the UN talks alive. Japan, Russia and Canada are refusing
to sign up for more cuts, and the U.S. never ratified the

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