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Bolivia offers alternate climate talks in April

January 20, 2010 15:58 IST

Criticising the Copenhagen Climate Summit for being "limited to a group of countries", Bolivia will organise an alternative international talks in April on the issue.

"We are listening to voices from special envoys saying that the negotiations on Climate Change should be limited to a group of countries," Bolivias deputy envoy to the UN, Pablo Solon-Romero said. "We believe this is the wrong path to take. We believe that after what happened in Copenhagen ... what we should learn is that we should include everyone to ensure that all governments and countries can participate," he said.

Solon-Romero's was referring to the comments of US Climate negotiator, Jonathan Pershing, who last week in Washington had said that it is "impossible" to imagine a negotiation with 192 countries involved in all the detail.

The talks will be held in Bolivian city Cochabamba from 19th to 20th April and would include the concerns of all 192 member states of the UN, he said.

The Copenhagen Accord was produced by a group of 29 countries in the last hours of the climate talks in December and was rejected by many countries including Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba for having left the majority of nations from the negotiation.

Betwa Sharma in United Nations
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