Official: Don't Overthrow Kyoto Protocol

TIANJIN, China, Oct. 9 (UPI) — A Chinese official said some developed nations are trying to rewrite the Kyoto Protocol, a U.N. program to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

The reason for doing so, said China’s chief climate change negotiator, Su Wei, is so they can avoid setting the emission cut target after 2012, a key issue in ongoing talks, Xinhua reported Saturday.

Wei, speaking Saturday at the U.N. climate talks held in the north China city of Tianjin, said, “Any moves that aim to overthrow the Kyoto Protocol should be denounced.”

About 3,100 delegates from 177 parties under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol were in Tianjin to pave the way for “concrete outcomes” at an environmental summit to be held in Cancun later this year, the report said.

Wei said some wealthy countries are trying to create an impression that developing countries were blocking climate-change negotiations.

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