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BASIC countries jointly against EU carbon tax

(Xinhua)

08:15, February 15, 2012

NEW DELHI, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- BASIC countries including China, India, Brazil and South Africa have jointly expressed objection to European Union' s carbon tax on airlines flying into Europe during the 10th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded here Tuesday.

In a joint statement, the four countries expressed deep concern and reiterated firm opposition to the inclusions of international aviation in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

The statement said that the European Union' s carbon tax " violates international law including the principles and provisions of UNFCCC and runs counter to multilateral."

"Ministers noted that the unilateral action by EU in the name of climate change was taken despite strong international opposition and would seriously jeopardize the international efforts to combat climate change."

The statement also noted "similar unilateral measures being considered in the area of international shipping by developed countries in the name of Climate Change and expressed concern."

China's chief climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua said, "After EU' s proposal, China has been approaching them at different levels but it continues to be stubborn", Xie said, "We will united all like- minded countries to take strong actions opposing it and protect non-EU countries' rights."

India's Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan criticized the EU carbon tax as "a unilateral trade measures disguised and taken in the name of climate change".

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