Paris climate conference extended by a day

Paris, Dec 11 (IANS) The final version of a deal to combat global warming should be presented on Saturday by the French foreign minister, an official said on Friday.

Laurent Fabius, also president of the CoP21, will present the deal’s version to negotiators from 196 parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Xinhua quoted Fabius’s spokesperson as saying.

“The final version should be presented on Saturday morning in order to be adopted in the middle of the day,” he said.

“Today the presidency will consult the groups, and a new text will be presented on Saturday for final adoption,” said the spokesperson.

On Wednesday, Fabius presented a text for a global climate agreement as a basis for further negotiations among countries in the next 48 hours.

The document, including a core agreement and accompanying decisions, runs to 29 pages, much shorter than the 43-page version that countries reached last Saturday.

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