Richer nations must take the lead in reducing carbon emissions, but
developing nations should also play their part depending on their circumstances,
Indonesia's president said on Wednesday.
Indonesia is hosting a meeting of environment ministers and officials from about
40 nations this week ahead of a key meeting in Bali in December aimed at
hammering out a new global climate deal to curb emissions after the Kyoto
Protocol expires in 2012.
"It is only logical that developed countries should continue to take the lead in
significantly reducing carbon emission," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said
at the opening of the meeting in the presidential palace in Bogor, an hour's
drive south of the capital, Jakarta.
There have been tensions between developed and poorer industrialising nations
over who should bear the burden for cutting emissions, which is seen by many
scientists as vital to slow global warming and ...