» Wednesday, June 6, 2007


Asked about the Prime Minister’s interview with the Guardian where he said he believed that he could get a deal with the President on emissions at the Summit, the PMOS referred the journalist to what the Prime Minister had actually said, and what he himself had said earlier this week. We were still very much in favour of a target, we believed a target was right, and we were aiming to get a target. But the question was how far could we get at this Summit. It was encouraging that President Bush had said last week that firstly there should be a global framework for finding a solution, and secondly that there should be a limit of some kind on global emissions.

The key question was what was the process to get to that agreed target. Because it was not just a matter of the US, it was also India and China. The reality was that the US would not move unless India and China also moved. It was important that we pushed as hard as we could at this Summit, and that we get a process for continuing that movement. Thinking back to Gleneagles, we were nowhere near this kind of language. Now how far can we push along the track on this? And what was the process for keeping going after this? That was why we welcomed the US proposal for a meeting in the autumn, but it had to be clear that this was part of the UN process. It was encouraging from the Guardian piece this morning that a US official was quoted saying that their process in the autumn would be complimentary to the UN process, not an alternative. We needed to get this tied down.

The main thing was to have a process coming out of this Summit that would continue the momentum that was created and has been going since Gleneagles.

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  1. Yo Blair snivelling to Dubya again and getting shat on again. What a farce.

    Comment by Ian — 7 Jun 2007 on 9:35 pm | Link

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