Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- United Nations global warming talks headed toward a deadlock as China and India blocked a European Union proposal the 27-nation bloc said was essential for it to extend limits on pollution.
India’s Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said she objected to efforts by the EU to force developing nations into a legally-binding treaty limiting fossil fuel emissions by 2020. Chinese envoy Xie Zhenhua said rich nations are “not acting on their commitments” to cut greenhouse gases.
“India will never be intimidated by threats,” Natarajan said at the talks in Durban, South Africa today. “How do I give a blank cheque and give a legally-binding agreement to sign away the rights of 1.2 billion people?
The EU said involvement of all nations in curtailing greehouse gases is essential for it to extend the emissions limits in the Kyoto Protocol expiring next year. The Kyoto extension and the EU’s ‘‘road map’’ toward the next climate treaty are part of a package the UN proposed for envoys from 190 nations to debate in Durban.
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