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EU committed to second commitment of Kyoto Protocol: delegate


13:30, December 08, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) is committed to the second commitment of Kyoto Protocol even if major economies refuse to do so, a senior EU official said on Wednesday.

"The EU has put an significant offer on the table even if other countries are not ready to the second commitment of Kyoto Protocol which took us so many years to build up," said Connie Hedegaad, member of the European Commission.

The EU hoped that "others will join us in the legally binding framework," Hedegaard said, adding that "we need more constructive dialogue" with other major economies.

"We need to know how far they are willing to go," she told a press briefing on the sidelines of COP 17, or the 17th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

"The last two days of Durban must be used to make progress," she stressed.

"We're committed to the second commitment even when the U.S., Canada, Japan and Russia have said they are not," Hedegaard said.

"That is a proof that European Union wants to show leadership here," she said.

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