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WWF pans gov’t over Bali talks

Environmental group WWF accused the government yesterday of failing to have proposals on tackling environmental problems at an international conference in which the country is participating. WWF Hellas Director Dimitris Karavelas said the government ought to make public its position on fighting global warming and that it had not consulted environmental groups on the issue. Over 180 countries are taking part in the two-week United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali that winds up on Friday. WWF also criticized the government last week for originally planning to send only one official to the conference. The Environment Ministry later said that it was sending four people to Bali but indicated that the delay in their arrival at the conference was the Foreign Ministry’s fault, as it had not arranged accreditation in time. New Democracy MP Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who heads the parliamentary committee on the environment, and is representing Greece at Bali, said that the country’s representation could have been stronger.