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Title: PORTUGAL DISAPPOINTED WITH COPENHAGEN, SAYS EU

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10LISBON402010-01-25 13:06:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Lisbon
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SUBJECT: PORTUGAL DISAPPOINTED WITH COPENHAGEN, SAYS EU 
WILL ASSOCIATE 
 
REF: STATE 3079 
 
Classified By: Gary B. Applegarth, Pol-Econ Officer, Reasons 1.4 (b) an 
d (d). 
 
¶1.  (C) Poleconoff discussed reftel points on January 21 with 
Fausto Brito e Abreu, advisor on climate change in the 
Portuguese Ministry of Environment, who said the EU will be 
submitting this month a combined letter of association for 
all member states to the UN Framework Convention on Climate 
Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat and inscribing a European 
Union-wide carbon emissions reduction goal of at least 20 
percent, and possibly 20-30 percent pending comparable 
commitments by other nations.  Brito e Abreu said Portugal is 
"not enthusiastic" about the Accord and does not plan any 
diplomatic outreach to convince other nations to associate 
with it, but rather is looking forward to "something more 
substantial" coming out of the Mexico Climate Conference 
scheduled for December 2010. 
 
¶2.  (C) Brito e Abreu, a member of the Portuguese delegation 
at the Copenhagen climate change talks in December, described 
the Copenhagen Accord as "disappointing" but praised 
President Obama's role in the negotiations and credited the 
inclusion of language regarding mitigation action reporting 
and verification (paragraph 5 of the Accord) to President 
Obama's actions.  Brito e Abreu said the 2 degree celsius 
warming limitation target was "nothing new," as it was agreed 
to at the G-8 summit in July 2009, and was critical of the 
Accord's "bottom up" approach for identifying mitigation 
actions, saying "the EU prefers for science to dictate the 
goal, and then assign required actions to meet that goal." 
 
¶3.  (C) Brito e Abreu said the EU performed poorly at 
Copenhagen due to the Danish chair's lack of understanding of 
parliamentary procedures and the EU representatives' failure 
to effectively use media coverage to convey the EU message. 
Taking advantage of the Danes' failure to manage the general 
sessions, developing countries "blocked everything" and were 
bent on preserving the Kyoto Protocol, which obligates only 
developed nations to act.  Brito e Abreu described China as 
obstructionist in Copenhagen, using their role as "champion 
of the developing countries" as a means to avoid making 
meaningful emissions reduction commitments. 
 
¶4.  (C) Finally, Brito e Abreu frankly described the 
logistics and management of the Copenhagen meetings as a 
"mess," with visiting Ministers and delegates waiting in long 
lines for accreditation, fragmented and undermanned security, 
and a general lack of organization. 
 
¶5.  (C) Comment:  Despite acknowledging progress in some 
areas, Brito e Abreu's bottom line was EU disappointment in 
the Accord.  He primarily blamed developing nations for the 
failure to produce a stronger outcome at Copenhagen, but it 
was clear that he believes the U.S. and other developed 
nations should be willing to commit to binding actions 
whether developed nations do so or not.  Strengthening 
Portuguese support for the Accord will probably depend on 
whether a large number of nations associate with it and 
inscribe mitigation actions.  End Comment. 
 
 
For more reporting from Embassy Lisbon and information about Portugal, 
please see our Intelink site: 
 
http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/portal:port ugal 
BALLARD