'Turkey signs Kyoto deal despite some unfairnesses'

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister: "Some countries have no responsibilities but some countries are obliged to financially support other countries."

'Turkey signs Kyoto deal despite some unfairnesses'

Turkish Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Commission has adopted a bill to ratify Kyoto Protocol. The bill envisages Turkey's joining the protocol referring to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Kyoto Protocol is a document referring to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change aiming at reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

Turkish Environment & Forestry Minister Veysel Eroglu attended the committee meeting and informed MPs on the Kyoto process.

He said Turkey had signed the UN convention but not become a party to the Kyoto Protocol.

Eroglu said 181 countries and an economic cooperation union ratified the Kyoto Protocol so far, however, he said there was unfairness regarding the protocol.

"Some countries have no responsibilities but some countries are obliged to financially support other countries," he said.

Eroglu stated that talks were under way to correct this unfair situation, adding two more meetings would take place in Denmark and Poland in the coming months.

"It is really important for Turkey to become a party to the protocol at this phase," Eroglu.

The bill will come into effect after being ratified by the full house of the parliament.

Kyoto Protocol was adopted in Kyoto, Japan, on December 11th, 1997, and went into force on February 16th, 2005.

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