What they say at the COP27 climate summit

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, November 19 (Reuters) – Here are some of the comments made as negotiators at the COP27 climate talks in Egypt made a final push to reach an agreement, trying to bridge the gaps divisions on disaster relief funding and climate change commitments for long-term action.

Here are some quotes:

SAMEH SHOUKRY, PRESIDENT OF COP27

“The question now rests with the will of the parties. It is the parties who must rise to the occasion and take responsibility for finding the areas of convergence.”

“The (draft) text keeps the 1.5 alive,” he said, referring to a goal, enshrined in previous climate summits, of keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in above pre-industrial levels.

FRANS TIMMERMANS, HEAD OF EU CLIMATE POLICY

“All (EU) ministers (…) are ready to leave if we don’t get an outcome that does justice to what the world expects – that we do something about this climate crisis We would rather have no decision than a bad decision.”

EAMON RYAN, IRISH ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

“We have to be quick here now, but not quick to a bad outcome. Not quick in terms of accepting something that we then spend years regretting – that every year after we say ‘if only we had held the line’ in Sharm el-Sheikh and got something that really supports the most vulnerable people on our planet.”

CHRIS BOWEN, AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE CHANGE MINISTER

“Australia’s position is clear and firm: there can be no backing down from Glasgow and the text must be strengthened where possible.”

KUNAL SATYARTHI, INDIA LOSS AND DAMAGE NEGOTIATOR

“Everyone was flexible for the cause of loss and damage and disaster and death and loss of the economy. I thank all parties … who were not flexible initially but now are. “

ESPEN BARTH EIDE, NORWEGIAN CLIMATE MINISTER, ON TWITTER

“Norway is pleased with the progress made on loss and damage. We are particularly pleased with the wording which ensures that the new financial agreements will enable broad mobilization of sources and channels to provide loss and damage financing at scale.”

YEB SANO, HEAD OF THE GREENPEACE DELEGATION AT COP27

“Once again, we call on the Egyptian presidency to reject the influence of oil states and fossil fuel lobbyists.”

“For this COP to be successful, it must include a phase-out of all fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas.”

Reporting by William James, Dominic Evans, Shadia Nasralla Editing by Janet Lawrence, Frances Kerry

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