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Bolivia holds its ground against UN climate draft


Bolivia late on Friday criticized a draft UN agreement on climate change as too weak and accused other nations of trying to isolate the leftist-led nation at a crunch conference in Mexico.

“This document doesn’t take into account Bolivia’s proposals,” climate negotiator Pablo Solon told a first meeting to discuss the text.

“Bolivia isn’t ready to sign up to a document which means a rise in temperature which will put more humans in a near-death situation,” Solon added, charging it could allow a rise of more than 4°C.

Venezuela, an ally of Bolivia that led opposition at last year’s summit in Copenhagen, hinted it would not campaign against the draft.

Cuba followed Venezuela in calling for more discussions, but criticized the document.

“We Cubans are dissatisfied with the document presented ... because it doesn’t include clear and sufficient goals for reduction of emissions,” Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said.

Solon earlier told journalists that the draft proposal did not take into account decisions of indigenous and peasant movements that have met in Bolivia.

“We have observed a dirty war to try to isolate and corner Bolivia,” he said. “We believe that the United States has had a great influence as this text is basically the Copenhagen agreement which the United States promoted.” Solon said.

Bolivian President Evo Morales emerged as a top critic of the talks, saying in Cancun that climate change was tantamount to “genocide” and proposing that wealthy nations give to the poor as much as they spend on their militaries.

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