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French FM: 'It Is Up to the UN System to Implement' Outcome of Copenhagen Conference

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French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Monday that "it is up to the UN system to implement" the outcome of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, which is under way in the capital of Denmark.

The foreign minister made the statement at a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York shortly after his meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Two months ago, it was "a disaster" when people were talking about a final agreement at the Copenhagen conference, but now people are positive about the agreement at the end of the ongoing conference, which opened in Copenhagen on Monday, Kouchner said.

However, the agreement is a binding one, he said. "We will not get a legally binding agreement at Copenhagen, but yes after Copenhagen."

The Copenhagen conference, officially known as the 15th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will conclude on December 18.

Around 100 leaders from the UN member countries and about 12,000 delegates and specialists from more than 170 countries will attend the conference.

Kouchner was at the UN Headquarters to lobby for the financial-transaction tax, which demands a 0.005 percent levy on all trade of currency across borders.

The tax proceeds would be used to advance sustainable development concerning food security, education, health and climate change. Some 58 countries and organizations have voiced support for the tax, according to the French Foreign Ministry.

"It will be done," Kouchner said, adding his initiative is conducive to the global efforts to reach the target set up in the UN Millennium Goals.

On the question of Palestine, the French foreign minister said, "My position is very clear: Jerusalem (is) the capital of two states."

Kouchner was speaking for endorsing the two-state solution the long-standing question of Palestine, the core issue in the Middle East peace. The international community, including the United Nations, advocates the two-state solution: an independent Palestine to live in peace with a secure Israel.

(Xinhua News Agency December 8, 2009)

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