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Dec 09, 2011 at 05:06pm IST

Equity central to climate change: Natarajan

Durban: India's argument that it has the right to develop as much as other developed nations has been included in the new draft at the Climate Change summit in Durban.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said that she was happy that India has managed to convince the other nations.

"I am very happy that we have managed to convince our colleagues. Equity is something that's central to climate change debate, so I am happy this has been recognised," Natarajan said.

On being asked which countries are putting the maximum pressure on India, she said that he wouldn't like to term it as pressure. She said that he is simply doing what is best for India.

"I wouldn't like to put it in terms of pressure, I think everyone has the right to voice their views. I am simply repeating whats best, I feel is best and fair and just and what I feel in our national vision is the best for global climate. And considering that we have done so much, we have the right to put the question of equity so strongly," she said.

On green carbon fund still lying empty, Natarajan said that she has been assured that it will not remain an empty shell.

"We are very hopeful. We have been assured that it won't remain an empty shell and we hope to leave Durban with the assurance it will be capitalised and it will continue to be mobilised as quickly as possible," said Natarajan.