Climate negotiators regroup after rocky start to key talks

Developing nations are balking at the latest draft of a global climate agreement to be inked in Paris in December, negotiators and experts sayThe five-day meeting in the German city of Bonn must craft a workable blueprint for the climate rescue pact to be signed at the November 30-December 11 summit in Paris, meant to crown more than two decades of fraught negotiations. The vast G77 developing nation bloc, led by South Africa, complained of “apartheid” treatment at the hands of rich nations, saying their core demands had been summarily excised from the draft. In Paris, French President Francois Hollande cautioned against an empty deal coming out of the forthcoming summit, saying countries’ actions will have to be reviewed “regularly” to make sure progress is being made.

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