No concrete or final pronouncement at Durban expected: Ramesh

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) India is not expecting any"concrete" or "final pronouncement" at the climate conclave inDurban later this year on four key issues, including onepertaining to emission cuts.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, however, said itdoes not mean that "we should not negotiate, we should notdiscuss or exchange views" on the crucial climate changeissues.

"....One should understand it very clearly that we arenot going to get a final pronouncement on these issues. Theywill still be on agenda. They will be discussed and as I saidDurban will not have a final say....," the Minister said whiledescribing the journey from Cancun summit to Durbanconference.

Maintaining that he was approaching the Durban ClimateConference from a realistic point of view, he said, "If weapproach it from a sense of exaggeration we will be hit byanother disappointment.

"I don''t see any agreement on second commitment periodfor Kyoto Protocol, legally binding agreement on emissioncuts, controversy over 2 degrees Celsius versus 1.5 degreesCelsius global goal for temperature rise and peak year foremission cuts."

The Minister, who was addressing a session of DelhiSustainable Development Summit 2011, also said it was time foreveryone to stop interpreting Cancun and start implementingit.

He said unlike the Cancun conference, where thenations were meeting in the backdrop of disappointment of theCopenhagen climate meeting, this time they were meeting in thebackdrop of "two huge accomplishments" achieved at theconference at Nagoya last October. .

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