Venezuela slams Spanish minister's climate change claim

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Venezuela on Tuesday slammed Spanish Environment Minister Elena Espinosa's claim that Venezuela had contributed to the failure of the climate talks in the Danish capital Copenhagen earlier this month.

Espinosa's statements are "unfortunate and wrong fantasies," Venezuela's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

During an interview published by the Spanish daily Publico on Sunday, Espinosa said that Venezuela, along with a number of other countries, had been uncompromising during the climate talks.

The ministry restated the position of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who said that the nations most responsible for climate change had tried to force a solution on the rest of the world.

The UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen ended with what organizers called a "political accord" to commit to emission cuts at some future date.

Venezuela blamed the dominant capitalist model for putting human life at risk and rejected the communique put together during the final hours of the Copenhagen summit.

"Clearly different to Europe, Venezuela presented a transparent position on climate change without doublespeaking," said the statement, adding that developed nations are committed to "annihilating the Kyoto Protocol in order to evade their historical responsibilities."

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