Cuba official calls Obama a liar over climate event
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- 12 / 22 / 2009
Bruno Rodriguez spent an hour and a half exposing Obama’s behaviour in Copenhagen, telling a news conference, “at this summit, there was only imperial, arrogant Obama, who does not listen, who imposes his positions and even threatens developing countries.”
He called the summit “a fallacy, a farce” and said Washington used back-room deals and strong-arm tactics to foist on the world a deal that he considered “undemocratic” and “suicidal” because it urges — but does not require — major polluters to make deeper emissions cuts.
Rodriguez also said Cuba and other poor nations have refused to recognize the agreement because they weren’t allow to participate in its development.
He singled out comments Obama made during a news conference in Copenhagen, when the U.S. president said no agreement had yet been reached but he was confident one would before the summit ended.
“Obama knew he was lying, that he was deceiving public opinion,” the foreign minister said.
When asked if Cuba was serious about forging a climate agreement given that President Raul Castro declared Copenhagen a failure days before it ended, Rodriguez said, “Cuba’s prestige is well-recognized in international negotiations.”
“It was an open secret that countries would not reach an agreement,” he said.
Source: AP and www.nhregister.com