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India Envoy Says Climate Talks' Success `Remote' If Kyoto's Not Extended

India said the success of global climate talks in Mexico would be “remote” unless countries agree to extend the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012.

“If the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol is not there, then I’m afraid the prospects for any positive outcome at Cancun are very remote,” Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said today in an interview at his office in New Delhi.

Countries failed last year in Copenhagen to write a successor to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that created an emissions-trading program and awarded hundreds of millions of euros in tradable credits to projects in India to help reduce greenhouse-gas pollution.

The survival of that trading program, known as the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism, rests on envoys hammering out an accord that extends the binding emission limits imposed on 38 developed countries in the Kyoto Protocol, Ramesh said. “Without that, there’s no CDM,” he said.

UN-sponsored climate talks that began Nov. 29 in the Mexican resort of Cancun are due to end Dec. 10. India will be delivering two “concrete proposals” involving international monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions and cooperation on clean technology-sharing, the minister said.

“At Cancun we need to go beyond goody-goody statements,” Ramesh said. “We need some commitments,” including details on how developed nations will share clean technologies with their developing counterparts and what an international agreement to protect forests will look like, he said.

India would support a forestry agreement even if it didn’t include all the countries that have adopted the Kyoto Protocol, he said.

Ramesh also said it was important to ensure that the U.S. remains closely involved in climate negotiations in spite of disappointment at its failure to play a leadership role.

“We want the U.S. in. I’m not interested in U.S.- bashing,” he said.

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