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21 Dec 2009 11:12:02

US bullying poor countries, says FoE



US bullying poor countries, says FoE
The US has been criticised by Friends of the Earth (FoE) for its actions at the UN climate change summit in Copenhagen.

According to the environmental group, US present Barack Obama 'bullied' poorer countries into signing his Copenhagen Accord by threatening them with the loss of their share of the $100 billion climate change fund.

However, FoE warned that by agreeing to the deal, less affluent nations risked "sidelining" the democratic negotiation process taking place under the UN.

FoE executive director Andy Atkins explained that the US appeared more concerned about saving its face as opposed to the planet.

He said: "They are now using strong-arm tactics to bully the developing world into backing a plan that completely undermines the existing UN process and does little to diminish the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. This is completely unacceptable.

"This summit has been a complete failure - the climate accord should be sent to the recycling bin … The developed world, which has done most to create this crisis, must face up to its global responsibilities with a strong and fair agreement within months."

FoE warned that time is running out to protect the planet from climate change and called for more action.

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