COP21: Cañete slams slow progress in Paris

As ministers headed for Paris for the second week of UN climate negotiations, “all the difficult political issues” remained to be agreed, EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete warned

As ministers headed for Paris for the second week of UN climate negotiations, “all the difficult political issues” remained to be agreed, EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete warned over the weekend.

The coming week of high-level negotiation must be “the week of compromise” when ministers solve the outstanding issues, Mr Cañete said.

“During the last year, we didn’t make any progress at all. Now we’re sitting around the table, narrowing down the options,” he said, adding that until now the 200 governments participating in the talks “have remained in their comfort zones”.

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