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Ethiopian PM doubts Copenhagen would meet Africa climate demands


By Tesfa-alem Tekle

November 18, 2009 (ADDIS ABABA) — Africa’s lead negotiator to climate talks, Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi on Tuesday said that continent’s demands from the rich nations on the concerns of climate change is unlikely to be met in next month’s decisive climate summit in Copenhagen.

"We have only a few weeks between now and Copenhagen. The indications that we get are not very encouraging," Meles said at Addis Ababa meeting of the committee of head of states and government on climate change (CAHOSCC).

"Indeed we have prioritized our requirements. First and foremost we need to make sure that global warming does not go beyond two degrees and that carbon emissions peak by at the latest 2020," he added.

African leaders have agreed to voice out a common position at next month’s climate summit in Copenhagen.

Africa insists it should be compensated by billions of Dollars every year for its almost zero contribution to global warming but still one paying the price of the consequences of climate change caused by the rich and industrialized nations.

Unless world’s industrialized countries took a concrete measure to cut their carbon emissions and provide the poor continent persistent support in terms of technology and capacity building to cope up the threat, the impact will be devastating as the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi states.

“Africa is going to be hit hardest and it’s going to be hit first," said Meles.

"So we as Africans have more stake than perhaps anybody else.... in making sure that there is a robust fair and practical agreement in Copenhagen.”

Recent studies indicate that climate change damages could cost Africa around 30 billion dollar by the year 2015.

The top negotiator however declined to state a specific figure of compensation, but said his group had already set up a minimum, which could amount to "the hundred billion dollar per annum mark as of 2020 that has been set by some experts."

The countries that make up the CAHOSCC are Ethiopia, Libya, Algeria, Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Mauritius and Mozambique.

The latest meeting discussed strategies for Copenhagen climate talks on the basis of the current state of play concerning ongoing negotiations and the proposal made by ministers as well as the institutional mechanism for continuation of the CAHOSCC consultations, amongst other climate change related issues.


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  • 19 November 2009 03:18, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    What does Africa got to do with climate issues. People in Africa burn the bush (defforestation) in order to find something to survive, and burning bush is legally most of parts of Africa. Wasting time.

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    • 19 November 2009 03:42, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      To you stupid big logic coward hidding behind the internet ever time full your cowardly mouth with nagging the Dinka for what they achieve. and foregat weakness failing of your people. to you son of bitch there is nothing for free here if you have not fought for war in south sudan simply you get nothing to eat because you are the very people who like samething ready and came for eating no no way for coward like you to have chance of getting samthing when it is ready.because the people who fought this war were Dinkas and nuer where there but they withdrew due to the short of food therefore Dinka is there and will be there forever
      death to who every you support lam and raik

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      • 19 November 2009 04:56, by Ajongtar

        To Dinka Dishes of SPLA or what ever.

        All Dinka ran to Kakuma,Ifo and many other refugee camps around the world during the war.

        Did you see any equotorian named him self lost boy;????


        Becouse the equotrian did not go any they remained in sudan and maintained the war up to the signing of CPA.

        It’s only the Brave Eqoutorins and Nuer who maintained the SPLA to survive, e.g. Cdr James Kong, Cdr Oyai Deng Ajak, Cdr Jadala, Cdr Thomas Cirilo, Cdr James Cock, Cdr James Wani Iga, Cdr Obut Mamur, and many more.

        Dr JOHN Garang run and hide him self in Naigeria were by he asked Slave Kiir to surrender him self to the enemies the Arabs, when all of you are Kakuma because of food.

        What a hell are you talking about you idiot, son of bitch,
        Kadam sakit, Murbit.

        I’m a Doctor, but I think you have brain Cancer.

        Fuck you food lovers.

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        • 19 November 2009 06:56, by johnmaker


          What’s name of your battalion you were in during the war.And which battalion did Mamur and Wani led to frintline.

          I cannot talk about Thomas Cirilo he joint the movement 1195,and his brother peter cirilo was with NCP.My friend Ajongtar,I was a soldier fought for that land of southern don’t say Dinkas were in refugee camp.Let me tell you this there is no tribe in whole sudan known by arab accept dinka.

          During the war times the govt of khartoum bomb the only dinka here and that why women and children went to seek refugee.Because arab no problems with you equatoria and nuer.That CPA you are talking about it would have not come if it was not dinka.The above mentioned CDR, I have been with all them and I knew who founght and who was in Dr John parking lot.Just don’t say something you had a clue,you better shut up and have more drink.

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          • 19 November 2009 10:29, by Ajongtar

            Look at this idiot food lover at the refugee camp called him self John Mur or what ever you call your self.

            I think you’re born by mistake to be a Sudanese or my God look this DinkaLRA who lived abroad.......

            There is no tribe in whole Sudan known by Arab accept dinka.?

            Yes not even Sudan only but the whole world, do you WHY????????
            Because they do cut their face, that is why they are well know every in the world.
            Juhn Mur How can you describe and concluded that you know Thomas Cirilo and he joined the SPLA IN 1195.

            Stupid Juhn Mur if Thomas Cirilo Joined SPLA at 1195 what about John Garanga the founder?

            You are sick of free food,

            NO NO NO NO NO NON Time to west.

            Fuck YOU Idiot food lovers.

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            • 19 November 2009 17:55, by johnmaker


              It is good you know the founder.And that why I was wondering when you say dinkas were in the refugee camp and you equatorian were the the people liberate southern.

              Truely thomas cirilo joint the SPLA/M 1995, and I was at his weicoming cermony when he was questionoing by some of the officer.Secondly check your spelling.You don’t how write constructive comment.Go back and have more drink.

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  • 19 November 2009 05:37, by Time1

    I do not see the point why africans are wasting time to discus climate change when they barely contribute anything in terms of polution green house gases, Africans hould really learn to focus on what m atters directly tot he population and what will make direct difference to improve the life of the poor people in Africa, making agreements on climate change is not going to make more food available or is it going to improve the living standards on the continent, let this African leaders focus on talks about development and how they will improve the life of their people in the most dehuminized continent. This climate talks talks is just another way to waste time of Africans.

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