Africa rejects EU demand
LIBYA: African nations are refusing to sign a joint statement with
the European Union on climate change on the grounds that the proposal
does not reflect the continent's priorities, diplomats said on Monday.
A joint declaration on climate change was to have been signed at the
conclusion of a two-day Africa-EU summit opening in the Libyan capital
But African diplomats said the idea was rejected by African Foreign
Ministers at a meeting on the eve of the summit.
"The declaration was rejected as it reflected European rather than
African priorities," one African source said.
Asked for comment, an EU diplomat said "it's not over," and added
that further efforts would be made during the summit to find common
Another said "Africa has its own position," while an additional
source said that African leaders needed more time to look at the EU
The EU had hoped to deliver a joint statement at the gathering of 80
nations from the two continents to deliver "a strong symbol" as the
Cancun conference on climate change opens in Mexico. Tripoli, Tuesday,