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Friday, December 18, 2009

OXFAM INTERNATIONAL MEDIA REACTION to Angela Merkel blocking EU-wide cuts in emissions by 30%


Copenhage, 18 December 2009

Oxfam International reaction to reports that President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are blocking an EU-wide move to cut carbon emissions by 30%, in a high level meeting at the Copenhagen Climate Summit:

“With the talks on the verge of collapse, what is needed from the EU is decisive leadership, not divisive action,” said Oxfam's Senior Policy Advisor Antonio Hill.

“Merkel and Barroso’s lack of political courage at this critical stage in the negotiations is not only unhelpful but dangerous. If we don’t slash emissions by what scientists say is needed, we are heading towards a humanitarian disaster on a global scale,” he added.

NOTE: EU Heads of State will meet at 16:00 at the Bella Centre for more high level talks

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