Carlgren Disappointed with African Walkout

Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren has voiced disappointment with the decision of several African nations to temporarily block the Copenhagen climate negotiations. Carlgren told Swedish Radio it would be important to try and solve the problems at hand because time was running out. He said it should be made clear that all issues could be discussed. The summit must not be allowed to end in failure, Carlgren said.

Several African delegations had walked out on the talks earlier on Monday. They demanded a return to the Kyoto climate agreements of 2002 and accused the industrialized countries of trying to shun their responsibilities. Later they returned to the conference table.