Rich nations trying to kill Kyoto pact, says China

China and a top G77 official accused rich nations on Monday of trying to kill off the Kyoto Protocol, the U.N.’s main weapon in the fight against global warming, as nations try to craft a broader climate pact.

Delegates from about 180 nations are meeting in the Thai capital trying to bridge differences over a draft negotiating text that will allow all countries to deepen efforts to slow the pace of climate change.

The United Nations hopes a major climate meeting in Copenhagen in December will lead to a broader framework to expand or replace Kyoto, whose first phase ends in 2012.

The talks are deadlocked on rich nations toughening their commitments to cut emissions by 2020 and climate funds to help poorer nations adapt to the impacts of climate change, invest in clean energy and how to manage those funds.

“It has become self-evident and actually clear that the intention of the developed countries is to kill off the Kyoto Protocol,” Lumumba D’Aping, who chairs the G77 plus China negotiating group, told reporters.

China’s special envoy for climate change, Yu Qingtai, accused rich nations of trying to change the rules of the game at the last minute.

“I have yet to see a developed country or a group of developed countries coming up to say to the public, the international community and to their own people that they are not here to kill the Kyoto Protocol,” Yu told reporters.

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