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UN climate talks resumed late Monday evening after grinding to a halt earlier that day. Developing countries are insisting that developed nations discuss deeper cuts to their greenhouse emissions caps.

Developing countries say the Copenhagen Conference is likely to kill the Kyoto Protocol. Many accuse developed nations of dodging their responsibilities by trying to put an end to the 1997 agreement.

Developed countries have been asked not to shirk their climate change obligations, and to provide unconditional funding and technological support. But a number of richer nations think the emissions cut limits are too strict.

The dispute comes as the conference enters its second week, and just days before more than 100 world leaders are scheduled to arrive in the Danish capital.

Connie Hedegaard, Climate Conference President, said, "I think that, basically, the first week went all right. It's always difficult the first week but, basically, I think that people have come down to work. And that's what we're trying to continue today with the way we'll structure the work today. And I have just consulted with the G77, so I cannot go into details now, but that will come later today. So I think everybody knows that the deadline is getting very, very short, and they have to get it done."

The senior climate change policy advisor for Oxfam says that developing countries are being unfairly accused of sabotaging the talks.

Antonio Hill, Oxfan Policy Advisor, said, "In this tit for tat, there's accusations that developing countries, the poorest countries, the ones that most need urgent action on climate change, are blocking the talks. And I think in respect of that, we need to be clear that they're not putting blockages on the tracks in front of the train. What they're doing is pulling the emergency cord to stop the train before it runs off the cliff at the end of this week."

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has appointed Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Muta Maathai as the UN Messenger of Peace on Climate Change Issues.

The Secretary-General, who is leaving for Copenhagen this week, says that climate change is a leading political and economic issue and it's time for action to respond to the problem.

(CCTV December 15, 2009)