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India urged to talk to Russia on Kyoto

By Our Staff Correspondent

NEW DELHI, FEB. 6. The chairperson of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, Jan P. Pronk, has asked India to impress upon Russia to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

Talking to reporters here on the sidelines of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit-2004, Dr. Pronk said India should go to Russia on the issue as it went to Pakistan on some other issues.

Dr. Pronk said that only international leaders could talk to Russia as there could be some room for negotiations. ``We need to help those who have ratified the Kyoto Protocol,'' he said and pointed out that India and China could come together on the issue as they formed a huge strength in terms of population. If the rest of the world accepts the Protocol, then Russia will have to and the United States would realise that multilateralism does work.

Blaming politicians for not being able to push through the Protocol, he said it was ironic that the WTO had become functional and not the Kyoto Protocol. ``I want the world to take a break from economic globalisation and work for environmental issues now. It is the big and the rich among the developing countries who have to raise the issues of the poor countries.''

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