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Aus, US lack credentials to lead climate discussions because not party to Kyoto Protocol, says Malaysian Trade Minister

Posted by gmarkets on 3 September, 2007

On Sunday 2 September, Prime Minister John Howard said the Kyoto Protocol was dead in the water, and he hoped to steer the APEC meeting towards a new consensus among advanced and developing countries in the region, reported The Australian (4/9/2007, p.7). ‘Join the rest of us’: But Malaysian Trade Minister, Rafidah Aziz, said Australia and the US lacked credentials to lead discussions on the subject because they were not party to the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gases. “It is unfortunate that people who are talking about climate change like America are not even members of the Kyoto Protocol,” Rafidah – APEC’s longest serving trade minister – said in comments reported yesterday. “If you want to talk about climate change, please join in with the rest of the global community to make commitments about managing climate change. So there’s no point talking outside of the (Kyoto) forum.”

Downer dismissive: A spokesperson for Foreign Minister Alexander Downer, Malcolm Cole, was dismissive of Rafidah’s comments. “An issue like climate change … is the kind of thing that APEC can usefully help address,” deputy US trade representative Karan Bhatia told the Reuters newsagency. “President Bush’s administration remains focused on pushing forward in that area.”

The Australian, 4/9/2007, p. 7


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