France hails 'important compromise' at UN climate talks

11th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

France on Sunday hailed an "important compromise" at UN climate talks that produced a roadmap towards an accord joining all major greenhouse-gas emitters.

The deal was "a success that guarantees the future of the Kyoto Protocol," French Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bernard Valero said in a statement.

It is "an important compromise that saves our ambitions for a global and effective agreement against climate warming," he said.

The roadmap for the first time will bring all major greenhouse-gas emitters under a single legal roof.

If approved as scheduled in 2015, the pact will be operational from 2020 and become the prime weapon in the fight against climate change.

The deal was reached in the South African city of Durban after nearly 14 days of talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

© 2011 AFP

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