Developed countries drive wedge through major developing countries

India’s chief negotiator Mr Mauskar indicated Friday a process of ‘divide and rule’ was being forced through the so-called BASIC countries of Brazil, South Africa, India and China.

European Union Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard told a press conference that Brazil and South Africa were now prepared to accept a legally-binding agreement.

India’s chief negotiator said that BASIC countries would stick together and that India had not ruled out agreeing to a legally-binding agreement, he said.

The EU released a Common Statement Friday following a press call Thursday demonstrating support for their roadmap leading to a 2015 legally binding agreement from both the Least Developed Countries (LDC) and the Association of Small Island States (AOSIS).

The EU, OASIS and LDC common statement called for an operational Green Climate Fund and increased mitigation commitments.