Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:05:49 GMT

Natarajan unlikely to attend Doha climate talks

From Wasfia Jalali
Doha, Dec 3 (PTI) Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan is unlikely to lead the Indian delegation at the climate talks here due to a crucial vote on FDI in Parliament later this week.

Sources in the Indian delegation here in the Qatari capital said that "as of now, she is not coming".

She was also scheduled to chair a side event on equity in the ADP (The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action) negotiations on December 5. However, this looks unlikely now.

The minister is required to be in New Delhi on December 7 which is the final day of the Doha talks, the sources said.

The Doha round of talks will hold an informal ministerial round table on December 5 which is when the ministers of all parties are expected to join in the talks.

"We will all miss the minister not being here but we have our stated goals which we would follow," said a member of the Indian delegation.

Natarajan is a member of Rajya Sabha which will debate and vote on FDI in multi brand retail on December 6 and 7, once the vote in Lok Sabha goes through.

The talks here have a crucial agenda to decide a treaty which could replace the Kyoto Protocol besides ensuring that the parties to the pact commit to ambitions under the second commitment period which will come into effect from January 1.

The talks, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, is being attended by representatives from nearly 200 countries.

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