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    Turkish minister says Turkey not against Kyoto Protocol

    Hurriyet English with wires
    07.05.2008 - 14:39 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkish Environment and Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu said on Wednesday that Turkey was against neither the fundamental principles of Kyoto Protocol nor the measures that would be taken against global warming, the Anatolian Agency reported.

    Eroglu told reporters Turkey supported both the fundamental principles of the protocol and the measures that would be taken against global warming, but added Turkey also wanted global justice.

    He said Turkey's influence in the world's gas emission was only four per thousand, adding the special conditions of a developing country should also be taken into consideration.

    "We say Turkey can be a party of Kyoto. Talks are under way," he said.

    "If a measure will be taken, then the whole world should take it. It is wrong to exclude several countries from the list, and impose the obligation to some other countries," Eroglu said referring to "global justice."

    Eroglu also said developed countries did not undertake their obligations while developing countries were undertaking major responsibilities.

    Eroglu added that the Turkish coordination board regarding global warming would convene next week and discuss Kyoto protocol in detail.

    Turkey is not a party to the Kyoto Protocol, a protocol in the "International Framework Convention on Climate Change" with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

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