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India stands firm on HFCs

Montreal Protocol, global warmingBANGKOK: India is reported to be opposing bringing HFC phase-down within the Montreal Protocol despite earlier indications that it was in agreement with the US and other countries.

HFC phase-down is one of the major issues being discussed at this week’s 25th meeting of the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok.

Talks between US president Barak Obama and Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh last month were thought to have brought India in to line with recent G20 agreements and subsequent talks between Obama and the Chinese government to bring HFC phase-down within the legal framework of the Montreal Protocol.

On Tuesday, India maintained that it wants the issue to be dealt with under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol.

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