From the evening of December 17 and the early morning hours of December 18, the prime minister of Denmark and senior representatives of the United States had been meeting with the chairperson of the European Commission and the leaders of 27 nations to introduce to them — on behalf of Obama — a draft agreement in whose elaboration none of the other leaders of the rest of the world had taken part.
… A small number of countries firmly insisted on the grave omissions and ambiguities of the document promoted by the United States, particularly the absence of a commitment by the developed countries on the reduction of carbon emissions and on the financing that would allow the global South countries to adopt alleviating and adjustment measures.After a long and extremely tense discussion, the position of the ALBA countries and Sudan, as president of the G-77, prevailed that the document was unacceptable to the conference thus it could not be adopted.In view of the absence of consensus, the conference could only “take note” of the existence of that document representing the position of a group of about 25 countries.
The [UK] climate secretary, Ed Miliband, today accuses China, Sudan, Bolivia and other leftwing Latin American countries of trying to hijack the UN climate summit and “hold the world to ransom” to prevent a deal being reached.… The prime minister, Gordon Brown, will repeat some of the UK’s accusations in a webcast tomorrow when he says: “Never again should we face the deadlock that threatened to pull down [those] talks. Never again should we let a global deal to move towards a greener future be held to ransom by only a handful of countries.”
But in what threatened to become an international incident, diplomats and environment groups hit back by saying Britain and other countries, including the US and Australia, had dictated the terms of the weak Copenhagen agreement, imposing it on the world’s poor “at the peril of the millions of common masses”.