India hits out at Kerry for terming it a ‘challenge’ at Paris climate meet

India on Sunday hit out at US Secretary of State John Kerry for his remarks that India will be a "challenge" at the upcoming crucial Paris climate meet, saying they were "unwarranted" and made it clear that it is "not in the habit of taking any pressure from anybody".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2015 5:55 pm
John Kerry, Prakash Javedekar, Environment Minister, climate change, climate, paris meet, Paris Climate Conference Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadeker

India on Sunday hit out at US Secretary of State John Kerry for his remarks that India will be a “challenge” at the upcoming crucial Paris climate meet, saying they were “unwarranted” and made it clear that it is “not in the habit of taking any pressure from anybody”.

Terming Kerry’s comments as “unwarranted and unfair”, India also blamed the “attitude” of some of the developed countries for the problem of climate change.

Hinting that there was no question of either compromising or making adjustments on any of the issues which the country has taken up, Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar said that it has always been on the side of consensus and is trying to “proactively” bring consensus among nations.

“It is in a way unfair to say that India will be a challenge. It is actually not doing justice with India. The US is our great friend and strategic partner. His (Kerry’s) comment are unwarranted and unfair. The attitude of some of the developed countries is the challenge for the Paris conclusion,” he said.

Kerry in an interview with a leading international business daily had recently warned that India could be a “challenge” at upcoming climate change talks in Paris, with its government reluctant to accept more of a role in addressing global warming.

“We’ve got a lot of focus on India right now to try to bring them along. India has been more cautious, a little more restrained in its embrace of this new paradigm, and it’s a challenge,” he was quoted as saying.

Javadekar said while “there is no pressure from the developed world on India, the country is also not in the habit of taking any pressure from anybody.”

The Paris Climate Conference scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 11 aims to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

“When you are doing a global arrangement, every country will put forth its issue. We have to take consensus along. India is always is on the side of consensus. We are proactively helping to bring consensus. We are not nay sayers but helping bring consensus. It is not about compromising,” Javadekar said.

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    Amrita
    Nov 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm
    India's negotiators should hold their own and keenly protect the interests of the G77 and China given it is a diverse group. Statements like this can be misread by some of the key negotiating groups such as the BASIC, or others in the G77 and China. It is critical to maintain credibility and stay together as all kinds of pressures will be applied on individual Parties of the Non Annex I group so as to bend to the will of the Annex I Parties. Even though there will be high level presence in the form of national leaders in Paris at the Conference of the Parties, it is expected that the negotiators will remain key to a balanced settlement. It would therefore be critical to not lose sight of this rather simple fact, as it would have long term implications.
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    1. Sanjay Desai
      Nov 22, 2015 at 9:15 pm
      Yep! US needs to understand that there is a new Sherif in town (India) now!!
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        KB
        Nov 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm
        MR.Kerry this is not a congress govt. who will listen to your music, you will get here for tat. you better be ready for it or else sing well.
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          KB
          Nov 22, 2015 at 1:13 pm
          ha teri shadi teri sister se karva denge modiji
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            Patriot
            Nov 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm
            It is people like you who are the pure garbage of India. Blindly following Modi. He has been in the office for about 500 days and has not been able to bring back EVEN 1 Rupee ( black money stashed away). He has already received two mive , brutal slaps on his face in Delhi and Bihar and more ferocious punishment is yet to come. Don't be fooled by headlines.
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