Turkish Parliament set to approve Kyoto bill

The bill said that Turkey would have a voice in shaping the new period after 2012 (when Kyoto Protocol ends) on climate change and negotiate arrangements unique to Turkey's conditions, once it becomes a party.

Turkish Parliament set to approve Kyoto bill
Turkish parliament is set to pass a bill soon to ratify Kyoto Protocol, the UN-led global climate pact on cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The bill was submitted to the parliament on Thursday.

The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with the objective of reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change. As of June 2008, 177 countries and the European Union have ratified the protocol.

Acting together with the international community on fighting global climate change, Turkey has become a party to UN convention in 2004, the bill said.

Turkey is one of the few countries to have ratified the protocol.

"As a reputable country and founder member of the United Nations, becoming party to the protocol is important for Turkey to show its commitment to fighting climate change, a priority and the urgent problem of the international agenda, and also important to show that it is a reliable country of the international community," the bill said.

The bill also said that Turkey would have a voice in shaping the new period after 2012 (when Kyoto Protocol ends) on climate change and negotiate arrangements unique to Turkey's conditions, once it becomes a party.

The protocol is also a part of negotiations with EU that asks Turkey to speed up preparations for the future by signing the Kyoto Protocol, the bill said.

Signing the protocol would also be an advantage for Turkey in its bid to become a temporary member of the UN Security Council, it said.

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