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Ethiopia - Meles Zenawi to make a stopover in Paris and London on his way to Copenhagen
African Union threatens to scuttle a deal
African Union climate negotiator Meles Zenawi has sought Chinese and Indian backing if the African demands are not being taken seriously.
If Copenhagen is going to be about an agreement that simply rides roughshod over Africa, then we will try to scuttle it, and I think we have reasonable assurance we can scuttle it if our concerns are not addressed," says Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who represents the African Union at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, according to US government funded Voice of America.
According to Bloomberg, Meles had received assurances from Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in a telephone conversation earlier this week that China won’t sign any climate change agreement in Copenhagen unless African demands for compensation for the effects of global warming are met.
On emissions, lots of progress has been made, Meles says. According to AFP, his primary worry is about funding.
According to Voice of America, Meles would stop in Paris and London for talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown before heading to Copenhagen. Here, he would seek assurances that the offer pledged by European countries would be what he called "real money" and not an illusion.
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