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N American nations agree to push for green fund to cut carbon emissions

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Canada’s Prime Minister Harper, Mexico’s President Calderon and U.S. President Obama (L-R) pose for pictures after the North American Leaders’ Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, August 10, 2009. The summit concluded here on Monday.

N American nations agree to push for green fund to cut carbon emissions

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) — The three North American nations have agreed to push for a green fund to reward nations that cut carbon emissions, Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon said on Monday at a press conference in Guadalajara that marks the end of two days of meeting in the western Mexico city.

“We agreed a green fund and to work together to achieve a climate change agreement in Copenhagen,” Calderon said. Denmark’s capital Copenhagen will host the talks to find a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol on climate change at the end of the year.

Calderon had proposed the green fund scheme at the Major Nations Climate Conference held in southern Mexican state Morelos in June. All nations would pay into the fund, but poorer nations who reduced carbon emissions would be able to withdraw more than they put in.


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Canada’s Prime Minister Harper, U.S. President Obama and Mexico’s President Calderon (L-R) leave after a joint news conference at the North American Leaders’ Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, August 10, 2009. The summit concluded here on Monday.

“We are also working to boost our carbon bonds markets with the goal of creating an international carbon bond market,” he said.

Carbon bonds are a private sector version of the green fund, where individuals, companies and non-government organizations who can reduce emissions sell the right to make emissions to richer carbon emitters.

Speaking at the same meeting, Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, said that the three leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada had agreed that it is vital to confront climate change.

“We know that the cost of acting will be high, but the cost our people and future generations will have to pay for inaction will be incalculably more,” he said.

Calderon said the nations had agreed to make progress on green energy and technology.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Harper, Mexico’s President Calderon and U.S. President Obama (L-R) pose for pictures after the North American Leaders’ Summit in Guadalajara, Mexico, August 10, 2009.

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Obama: Ouster of Honduran president Zelaya was coup

1U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the joint statement at the Cabanas Cultural Center in Guadalajara, Mexico, while attending the North American Leader’s Summit, August 10, 2009.

Obama: Ouster of Honduran president Zelaya was coup

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday it was hypocritical for critics of Washington’s response to a coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to demand a more forceful U.S. role in returning him to power.

Zelaya, an ally of anti-U.S. leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said last week the United States needs “only tighten its fist” to evict the de facto government installed after he was overthrown in June.

“The same critics who say that the United State has not intervened enough in Honduras are the same people who say we are always intervening and the Yanquis need to get out of Latin America,” Obama said told a closing news conference at a U.S.-Mexico-Canada summit in Guadalajara.

“You can’t have it both ways,” he insisted, without naming names. “We have been very clear in our belief that President Zelaya was removed from office illegally, that it was a coup and that he should return. We have cooperated with all the international bodies in sending that message.”

The Latin American left had bitterly criticized Washington over the decades for intervening in the region’s affairs through military force, covert action and economic pressure.

Obama, who took office in January, has promised to forge a relationship with Latin America based on mutual respect.

Obama told reporters in Washington last week he had no quick way to resolve the political crisis in Honduras and that the United States would not take unilateral action.

“If these critics think that it’s appropriate for us to suddenly act in ways that in every other context they consider inappropriate, then I think that what that indicates is that maybe there’s some hypocrisy involved in their approach to U.S.-Latin American relations,” Obama said on Monday.

Mediation efforts by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias have so far failed to achieve Zelaya’s return.

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U.S. president arrives in Mexico for summit

1aUS President Barack Obama (L) and new US Ambassador in Mexico Carlos Pascual disembark from the Air Force One at the airport of Guadalajara in Mexico on August 9, 2009. Leaders of the United States, Mexico and Canada will discuss issues related to regional prosperity and security during the fifth summit of North American leaders held on Aug. 9-10 in Guadalajara.

U.S. president arrives in Mexico for summit

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Guadalajara, Mexico on Sunday by Air Force One to attend the Fifth North American Leaders’ Summit, during which he will meet Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

The summit will be held in Guadalajara, capital of the Mexican state of Jalisco, west of Mexico, on Sunday and Monday.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon shake hands while they hold a bilateral meeting at the Cabanas Cultural Center in Guadalajara while attending the North American Leaders’ Summit, August 9, 2009.

Obama will have a bilateral meeting with Calderon later and then attend the official launch of the meeting in Guadalajara, at a dinner with Harper and Calderon. Obama, the third leader to arrive at the summit, was greeted on the tarmac of Guadalajara airport by Jalisco Governor Emilio Gonzalez Marguez. He will travel to Guadalajara’s Hilton Hotel by helicopter.

Earlier on Sunday, members of the Alternative Social Organizations Movement rallied to demand a renegotiation of the three nations’ main treaty, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which came into force 15 years ago.

The demonstrators protested at the cross roads of main streets Chapultepec and Vallarte, close to the city’s U.S. consulate. There was no violence during the protest.

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