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Premier: China's Role in Copenhagen Talks 'Important and Constructive'

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday the country played an important and constructive role in pushing the Copenhagen climate talks to earn the current results.

Wen told Xinhua in an interview after the two week-long Copenhagen conference, which concluded Saturday in the Danish capital after producing a non-legally binding document on climate change.

After twists and turns, the Copenhagen conference adopted Copenhagen Accord in the form of conference decision, Wen said.

The document upholds the dual-track mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol, further making clear respective obligations developed and developing countries should assume and actions they should take respectively according to the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities," Wen said.

The document demonstrates the consensus reached by the international community on such issues as long-term goals, fund, technology and transparency of their actions in coping with climate change.

"These are hard-won results made through joint efforts of all parties, which are widely recognized and should be cherished," said Wen.

During the conference, China, in the spirit of mutual respect, equal consultations, seeking commonness from difference and pragmatic cooperation, has carried out close contact and coordination with all parties in an open, transparent and highly-efficient manner, said Wen.

Wen said China "has played an important and constructive role in pushing the Copenhagen climate talks to earn the current results, and demonstrated its utmost sincerity and made its best effort."

China would like to work with other countries, with the Copenhagen talks as a new beginning, to honor commitments, cooperate more closely and conclude the "Bali Roadmap" negotiations at an early date, Wen said.

Wen called for efforts to seek new progress from the international cooperation on climate change and make due contributions to human endeavor to deal with climate change.

(Xinhua News Agency December 22, 2009)