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Chinese delegation critical of Kyoto withdrawal plan

(Xinhua)

11:01, November 30, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The plan to withdraw from Kyoto Protocol will severely mar the talking process at the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, the Chinese delegation told Xinhua on Tuesday.

It will further hurt the international community's endeavor to cope with climate change, said Su Wei, deputy head of the Chinese delegation to the Durban conference and chief negotiator on climate change.

The attempted withdrawal "will definitely add to the obstacles in our negotiation," Su noted, in reference to reports about a recent decision by the Canadian cabinet.

Su said the Canadian delegation to the Durban conference had not yet clarified its stance.

"I learnt this message from the media," he said.

Earlier in the day, Canadian media reported that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet had already decided to withdraw from the agreement, and had planned to formally announce the decision after the Durban conference.

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