'Kyoto Protocol will be effective after 2012,' diplomat says

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China said on Friday that it is a mistake to say that the Kyoto Protocol will expire in about two years, and it will be effective after 2012.

The statement came as Liu Zhenmin, the deputy Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, was speaking to a group of UN-based Chinese and foreign reporters at the Chinese Mission.

Liu made the statement to rebuke what some people said -- the Kyoto Protocol is to expire in 2012 and that is why people are gathering in Copenhagen to negotiate an agreement to succeed the protocol.

"That's the wrong interpretation, to be frank," Liu told Xinhua. "The Kyoto protocol will be effective after 2012."

"The Kyoto Protocol sets targets for developed countries to quantify their (emission) targets between 2008 until 2012," he said. "It's true. That's why we need a continuation of negotiations beyond 2012. But at the same time, Kyoto Protocol also has some other provisions and the other mechanisms."

"So as a legally binding document, the Kyoto Protocol will continue to be effective," he said. "That's why we don't (stand) in favor of the view that Copenhagen will negotiate a legally binding document to replace Kyoto protocol. It's a kind of a follow-up. It's an update, a continuation of the Kyoto process."

"Climate change negotiations started over 20 years ago," he said. "This is an incremental, progressive process so if you take the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) as a first milestone in the negotiating process, the Kyoto Protocol as the second milestone, I think that Copenhagen ought to be the third. Efforts for human kind to respond to climate change will not end in Copenhagen. They will continue. They need to continue."

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