BASIC nations say three issues non-negotiable at Cancun climate talks

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The so-called BASIC countries -- Brazil, South Africa, India and China -- said Monday that they would not support a deal until a second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol had been settled, a fast-track climate change fund had been materialized and a basic agreement had been reached on technology transfer.

"We are conscious of the need for a substantive outcome, but these three things are non-negotiable," said Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who chaired a joint press conference with his BASIC colleagues.

"The BASIC nations have been meeting in the last few days, among themselves and with regional groups," he said.

The environment ministers are part of the 25,000 government delegates attending the United Nations climate change conference here in an effort to seek ways to reduce the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Japan in 1997 by major emitting economies, which committed themselves to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 5.2 percent from their 1990 levels by 2012. However, the U.S. Congress has refused to ratify the protocol.

Japan, Russia and Canada are opposed to post-2012 commitments. And Japan has cited the U.S. failure to ratify the protocol during its first commitment period as a reason for itself not to sign for a second period.

Meanwhile, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia have said they would not sign any other accords unless developed nations sign on for a second commitment period.

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