Copenhagen president reassures developing countries

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The nations of G77 and China have received reassurance that climate-change negotiations would proceed on the basis of draft texts that they'd been working on over the past 11 days.

No texts other than the two that were reported by the chairs of the working groups on the Long-Term Cooperative Action and the amendment to Kyoto Protocol will be used, Danish Prime Minister and COP15 president Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced during the plenary session, which was delayed for about an hour.

Rasmussen's announcement dispelled mounting doubts among developing countries that their two years of effort would be supplanted with weakened texts said to have been drafted by the the Danish government.

On behalf of G77 and China, Sudan’s negotiator remarked that two days were lost. "It was not the fault of G77 and China … because we had to deal with lack of clarity," she said.

Rasmussen said that at the moment, the nations are still working to make the conference a turning point for cooperation on tackling climate change.

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