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Gaps widen between G77 member states

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Copenhagen   /   Tue, December 8 2009   /  12:43 pm

Differences between developing and developed nations grouped under the G77 are growing wider on almost all crucial issues, making it increasingly difficult for the climate talks to produce a consensus. Indonesia, the former chair of the G77 at the 2007 Bali talks, proposed an "umbrella decision" as a win-win solution to prevent a deadlock on a new legally binding treaty in Copenhagen. Under the proposal, Indonesia proposed "extra" time to reach a legally binding treaty as mandated by the Bali roadmap, to be reached next June at the latest. "This *time frame* is more realistic for a politically binding agreement, given the huge differences among G77 member states," Indonesia's negotiator, Tri Tharyat, said on the sidelines of the G77 meeting here Monday. Other G77 members have yet to respond to Indonesia's proposal. Countries such as China, India, Brazil and South Afri...