Indonesia pessimistic on deal in Copenhagen climate summit 2009-11-02 13:08:25   Print

    JAKARTA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian environment minister Gusti Mohammad Hatta said that the hopes to reach a historic deal in the upcoming United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference(UNFCCC) scheduled for December remain slim as each country would remain stubborn on its stance, the Jakarta Post reported here on Monday.

    "It seems to me that Copenhagen will not be a success. Each party is maintaining its position very strongly," the minister said.

    His statement comes as President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying hard to push world leaders to reach a consensus on climate change.

    Indonesia has been dubbed as a climate change supporter thanks to the president's promise to voluntarily cut emissions by 26 percent by 2020 using the state budget.

    The president also pledged that Indonesia could slash its emissions by up to 41 percent from the energy and forestry sectors should rich nations provide financial assistance.

    Indonesia is the first developing nation that has officially declared its commitment to cut emissions amid slow progress made by developed countries.

    Previously, presidential palace spokesperson Dino Patti Djalal said that the president had asked environment, transportation, agriculture ministers to provide papers on climate change for negotiations in the Copenhagen climate change summit set for December 8 to 17.

Editor: Anne Tang
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