RI delegation to Durban meeting asked to remember national interest

Jakarta (ANTARA Newa) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has reminded the Indonesian delegation to the upcoming climate change meeting in Durban, South Africa, not to forget the national interest while fighting for global causes.

"Don`t forget, we must also fight for our national interest," the head of state said here on Thursday when receiving Executive Chairman of the National Climate Change Council (DNPI) Rachmat Witoelar and Environmental Affairs Minister Balthasar Kambuaya, who will lead the Indonesian delegation to Durban.

Indonesia is part of the global solution, but the national interest must remain a priority, according to Yudhoyono.

He also reminded members of the Indonesian delegation to take a common position at the meeting.

"There should be a common position, there must be no differences in views among Indonesian delegates," he said.

The president said a common position and approach were necessary to fight for the national interest and at the same time find a global solution.

The 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (Cop 17) is being organized in Durban from November 28 to December 9, 2011.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, Durban 2011, brings together representatives of the world`s governments, international organizations and civil societies.

The discussions will seek to advance, in a balanced fashion, the implementation of the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan, agreed at COP 13 in 2007, and the Cancun Agreements, reached at COP 16 last December.

At the opening of the UN climate change summit in Durban on Monday (Nov 28), the US said it would not consider committing to the EU`s proposals until major developing countries such as China and India do.

The EU bloc wants the current talks to agree on a timetable for all major polluters to a legally binding agreement to cut their emissions by 2015.