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Climate accord blueprint delivered at Paris talks

By The Assam Tribune

LE BOURGET (FRANCE), Dec 5 - A blueprint for a pact to cap greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming was delivered today by negotiators from 195

nations as India hoped for a �just and equitable� outcome at the climate conference.

The 48-page draft, that still contains all the unresolved options on the key issues at stake, will form the basis on which ministers from across the globe,

including Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, will try to formulate a binding deal.

As the high-stake climate talks entered its sixth day, negotiators appeared confident that some kind of deal will be reached before the next weekend and they

will be able to avert a repeat of the 2009 Copenhagen summit � that failed miserably.

Analysts said any deal emerging from Paris is likely to fall hort of what is needed to cap global warming at 2.0 degrees Celsius or below.

Observers said very little actual progress has been made in terms of compromises and agreements on contentious points. However, some progress had been made

on loss and damage and many hurdles have been cleared to smooth future talks.

The draft negotiating text will now be discussed line by line by the ministers of all the countries before reaching an agreement.

�Negotiators have agreed on a new draft agreement which has clearer options and indicates more common ground. Though there is plenty of hard work ahead, the

table is now set for ministers to get this done,� said�Jennifer Morgan, Director of the Global Climate Programme at the World Resources Institute. � PTI

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