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South Africa Evokes Apartheid in UN Draft Climate Deal Debate

  • Week of talks on global warming begin in Bonn, Germany
  • Delegates say draft of plan for Paris deal doesn't satisfy all

South Africa evoked the injustices of apartheid to object to the latest compromise plan on global warming as envoys at a round of United Nations talks began a week of meetings aimed at drafting a text of the next climate agreement.

“In essence we are disenfranchised, and we have to negotiate our way back into the process,” South Africa’s Nozipho Mxakato-Diseko said on behalf of more than 130 developing nations and China. Speaking on Monday at the start of the UN meeting in Bonn, Germany, the delegate said the current text “is extremely unbalanced and lopsided to the extent that it jeopardizes the interests and positions of developing countries.”