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Jakarta Post

RI seeks bilateral deals for climate programs

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 2 2010   /  09:34 am

Indonesia will focus on bilateral deals to limit carbon emissions in negotiations that start Monday in Bonn, Germany, in advance of the UN climate conference in November, an official said on Sunday.

Indonesian chief negotiator Rachmat Witoelar said that talks on legally binding treaties conducted in the last two prepatory rounds had been sluggish. “There has been progress, but it is still slow. We cannot expect rich nations to agree to binding treaties,” Rachmat told The Jakarta Post.

He said that rich nations remained reluctant to put emission reductions on the table.

Rachmat will lead the Indonesian team as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s special envoy on climate change affairs. Indonesia will be represented by 26 negotiators at the Bonn meeting, which will be held Aug. 2-6.

Indonesia will prioritize its national interests through bilateral talks...