Climate talks in Copenhagen not a failure: Singapore leader

10:37, May 03, 2010      

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Singapore's Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said on Sunday that last year's climate change talks held in Copenhagen were not a complete failure but a chance for minds to meet.

Lee made the remarks at the 20th annual conference of the Inter- Pacific Bar Association on the theme "climate change and legal practice", according to Channel NewsAsia reports.

The Singapore leader does not think that much will come out from the next round of talks to be held in Cancun, as long as countries like the United States keep to their stand on the issue.

Lee described climate change as something that has real consequences many years down the road.

"The biggest problem with Copenhagen (talks) is the United States could not commit itself because it has to go through Congress, and the Americans are not prepared to say before hand we commit ourselves to reduction of "X" percent of our carbon footprint, even if they were prepared to commit themselves," said Lee.

Lee attributed the failure of materializing the climate change agreement to governments as the government stays in power not by promising to cut down growth rates, but by promising a better life.

Source: Xinhua


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