G77 slams Danish draft, UN terms it informal paper

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Copenhagen, Dec 9: The G77 group of countries on Wednesday, Dec 9, slammed a Danish draft proposal for an agreement on climate change, saying it "threatens the success" of the ongoing Copenhagen summit.

Sudan's Lumumba Stanislas Dia Ping, who heads the G77 group, said, "The draft text, which was leaked, is a serious and unfortunate development. It is a major violation that threatens the success of the Copenhagen negotiating process."

The G77 and China called on the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, not to make any such further attempts and also affirmed that the group would not walk out of Copenhagen.

UN climate change chief Yvo de Boer said this draft was on a decision paper put forward by the Danish prime minister.

"This was an informal paper ahead of the conference given to a number of people for the purposes of consultations. The only formal texts in the UN process are the ones tabled by the Chairs of this Copenhagen conference at the behest of the Parties," he added.

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