Erdogan says Turkey will not ratify the Paris Climate Agreement

CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech as he attends Heads of States' Statements ceremony of the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, 30 November 2015. The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) is held in Paris from 30 November to 11 December aimed at reaching an international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and curtail climate change.

Erdogan says Turkey will not ratify the Paris Climate Agreement


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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara will not ratify the Paris Climate Agreement.

“After that step taken by America, the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament,” Erdogan said at the end of the G20 summit in Germany.

Clarifying what he meant during a press conference in Hamburg, Erdogan said that he told both President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel that the agreement will not be ratified if the commitments made to Turkey are not upheld.

“No offence, but we will not pass it in our parliament as long as the promises made to us are not delivered,” Erdogan said.

According to Erdogan, the former French President François Hollande promised Turkey would be recognized as a “developing economy,” meaning it would receive money from a global fund for reducing global warming rather than pay into it.

Erdogan says other G20 countries are “not renewing their support” but did not specify which countries are those. This is the first victory for President Donald Trump’s drive against President Obama’s legacy deal.

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