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China calls for second commitment of Kyoto Protocol


08:37, November 29, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The UN climate conference currently under way in Durban, South Africa, should clearly establish the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, the Chinese delegation said here on Monday.

The second commitment should ensure that developed country parties to the Kyoto Protocol "should undertake quantified emission reduction commitments," said Wei Su, deputy head of the Chinese delegation attending the COP 17, formally the 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Su was speaking on behalf of China, Brazil, South Africa and India, known as four "basic nations" in efforts to address climate change.

"The Kyoto Protocol is the cornerstone of the climate regime and its second commitment period is the essential priority for the success of Durban Conference," he said.

The pact, reached in 1997, requires 37 industrialized countries to slash carbon emissions to 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. But as the first commitment period is set to expire by the end of next year, the COP 17 is trying to ensure the protocol's continuation.

The United States, the world's largest polluter per capita, has said it would not sign up for an updated Kyoto Protocol. It wants the pact to impose obligations on emerging economies like China and India.

Europe says it can accept a continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, provided China and the United States show they are serious about major cuts in the coming years.

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