Merkel defends Copenhagen climate compromise

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the non-binding deal on climate change produced at the Copenhagen summit, calling the bashing of the agreement unproductive, in remarks published Sunday.

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the non-binding deal on climate change produced at the Copenhagen summit, calling the bashing of the agreement unproductive, in remarks published Sunday.

"It is a first step toward a new world climate order, nothing more but also nothing less," she told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

"Those who are only putting Copenhagen down are helping those who want to blockade rather than move forward."

Merkel said Germany had a key role to play in advancing the process as the host of a follow-up meeting of environment ministers in the western city of Bonn in June, ahead of another summit in Mexico City next December.

"We now need to build on Copenhagen," she said.

The Copenhagen Accord, passed Saturday after two weeks of fractious talks, has been widely condemned as a backdoor deal that violated UN democracy, excluded the poor and doomed the world to disastrous climate change.

The agreement was assembled at the last minute by a small group consisting of leaders of the United States, China, India, Brazil, South Africa and major European nations, after it became clear the summit was in danger of failure.

It set a commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), but did not spell out the important stepping stones -- global emissions targets for 2020 or 2050 -- for getting there.

Nor did it identify a year by which emissions should peak, and pledges were made voluntary and free from tough compliance provisions.

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