Cancun will test climate talks' credibility, says Jairam Ramesh

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New Delhi, Nov 11 (ANI): Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has said that U.N. climate talks in Cancun will be the last chance for nations to agree on thorny issues such as technology transfer and will test the dialogue's credibility.

Speaking at the end of the two-day meeting on climate change here on Wednesday, Ramesh said: "The nations must reach a consensus on sharing green technology between rich and developing countries and resist the temptation to cling to old positions."

"Nations were so divided on intellectual property rights (IPR) for costly technology that some saw it as an essential ingredient of a deal, while others refused to talk about it," he added.

"We have to find a middle path because these two extreme positions have held back an agreement for too long, and frankly we are running out of time," said Ramesh.

He further said that Cancun meeting would be the last chance, as Copenhagen was considered as a failed summit.

"Cancun is the last chance. The credibility of the entire climate change negotiating system is at stake. If you do not get a set of operational and meaningful decisions at Cancun, everybody is going to get sick and tired of us," said Ramesh.

Prospects for the November 29 to December 10 climate change talks in the Mexican resort of Cancun have dimmed in recent months because of near-deadlock in the 194-nation negotiations over how to share the burden in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Ramesh had earlier hosted meeting in climate change in New Delhi, drawing on delegates from 35 countries including China, the United States, Mexico and the European Union, as well as a host of smaller developing countries.

The focus of the meeting was to push agreement for a mechanism to develop and transfer technology to tackle climate change.

The meeting pushed for such a mechanism to be a 'key deliverable' at Cancun. (ANI)

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