No final deal on climate change reached in Copenhagen: Ramesh

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Copenhagen, Dec.19 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has said that no final deal on climate change has been reached by all 193 members here. The deal has not been done, but the draft has been negotiated. It will now go to plenary. Only then it could be approved by others," said Ramesh.

"The U.S. President had an hour long meet with BASIC group. It was a productive meet. We had heart-to-heart chat and looked into each other's draft and proposals," he added further.

On Friday, Obama rushed to meet the BASIC group of countries comprising Brazil, South Africa, India, and China. There were speculations that he may make a press statement later.

The US and the BASIC countries reached a last-minute agreement on a number of issues, such as a recognition to limit temperature rises to less than 2C (3.6F).

However, the G-77 group of countries led by Sudan has reportedly refused to support the proposal.

There were reports that nations such as Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Norway have also backed the U.S.-BASIC climate proposal. by Ashok Dixit (ANI)

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