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African countries refuse to pass climate change declaration at Africa-EU summit

TRIPOLI, Nov. 29 — Ministers of African countries refused to pass a draft declaration on climate change at the upcoming Africa-EU summit, the Egyptian foreign minister said Sunday.

Participating ministers refused to pass the draft Joint Africa- EU Declaration on Climate Change because it only showed the EU position rather than the African countries' stance, Ahmed Abul Gheit said after a ministerial meeting in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Sunday.

The Africa-EU Climate Change Partnership is one of the eight partnerships designed in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy launched at the 2nd Africa-EU summit in the Portugal capital of Lisbon in 2007.

The Joint Africa-EU Declaration on Climate Change, together with the second Action Plan and the Tripoli Declaration, is due to be released at the end of the summit which is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Tripoli.

According to the draft declaration, the EU will unilaterally " reduce its overall emissions to at least 20 percent below 1990 levels by 2020," and will make a conditional offer to "move from a 20 percent to a 30 percent reduction of green gas emissions by 2020 compared to 1990."

"Although Africa is comparatively a lower emitter of greenhouse gases, it is making and will continue to make efforts within the limits of its capability and capacity to contribute to the reduction of these gases," the draft declaration said.

Heads of state and government of African and EU countries are to kick start the 3rd Africa-EU summit in Tripoli on Monday, the first of its kind since the two continents established a new strategic partnership following the signing of the Joint Strategy in the Portugal capital of Lisbon three years ago.

The summit, themed "Investment, Economic Growth and Job Creation," will focus on the economic growth and peace and security of the African continent, while to assess progress in their partnerships and agree on priorities of future cooperation. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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