Dr.Singh likely to hold meet with Wen Jiabao ahead of meeting of all Heads of States

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(On special aircraft with Prime Minister to Copenhagen), Dec.17 (ANI): Ahead of the meeting of the all Heads of States, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan is likely to hold a meet with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao in Copenhagen.

Indian and Chinese leadership is likely to discuss their joint strategy before attending the crucial Heads of the States meet, which is also to be participated by the United States President Barack Obama in Copenhagen.

Dr. Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao seem to be in no mood to give away any room to the U.S. or other developed nations to be able to impose a political commitment on carbon emission cuts on developing countries which is at variance to what has been agreed under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Bali Action Plan (BAP).

On Wednesday, a day ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's departure for Copenhagen, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said: "From our perspective, we need to ensure that this expression of a fresh political commitment does not become a template for a new mandate that detracts from the Bali Action Plan and dissolves the fundamental differentiation in the nature of commitments/actions amongst developed and developing countries as visualized in the BAP."

While the industrialised nations want key developing countries like China and India to agree to emission cuts, the emerging economies are citing historical responsibility and insisting that the rich nations should take lead, as it was they who had created the problem.

Dr. Singh is expected to make an intervention at the plenary of the 15th Conference of Parties on Friday which would be addressed by Denmark Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen and UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon.

World leaders, including US President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, will also be at the plenary where they would try to reach a political agreement to tackle global warming. By Ashok Dikshit (ANI)

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