(BN) Venezuela, Bolivia Say Climate Talks At Risk Amid Kyoto Debate


Venezuela, Bolivia Say Climate Talks At Risk Amid Kyoto Debate
2010-12-03 18:10:08.198 GMT

By Alex Morales
Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Venezuela and Bolivia said the United
Nations climate talks may fall apart because industrial nations
including Japan are refusing to promise further cuts to
greenhouse gas emissions.
"What we have here after five days is a total uncertainty
about the continuity about the second period of commitment,"
said Pablo Solon, the Bolivian climate negotiator, at a briefing
today in Cancun, Mexico. "This is totally unacceptable."
The two nations were among the countries that opposed
formal adoption of a negotiating text at last year's round of
talks in Copenhagen, leading to the collapse of efforts there to
write a new binding treaty to limit climate change. Venezuela's
delegate, who leads a group of Latin American nations urging
further emissions cuts, stopped short of saying they'd walk out
of the meeting.
After the last "horrific" night in Copenhagen, "we can't
give ourselves the luxury of failing again," said Claudia
Salerno of Venezuela. "If there isn't a second commitment
period of Kyoto it's very difficult for there to be a balanced
package of decisions. We won't accept the destruction of Kyoto
with nothing in exchange."

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