Rich should compensate Africa for global warming: Ethiopian PM

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi

MOGADISHU (AFP) — Rich countries should compensate Africa for the consequences of their carbon emissions on the world’s poorest continent, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Wednesday.

“My view is that Africa has been suffering from the consequences of carbon emissions in the developed world,” Meles told a press conference.

“There are some theories that the droughts of the 90s might have been influenced by a phenomenon of global warming caused by pollution in northern countries,” added Meles.

He said he would defend that position at next month’s G8 summit in Italy and suggested African countries made a joint push for it at crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen in December.

“In Copenhagen, Africa should ask for compensation for adaptation, and for assistance for mitigation,” Meles said.

“All of us are certain that the global warming will not be stopped… Africa is and will be significantly affected, and some parts of the continent might become uninhabitable. So in my view those responsible have to pay.”

African environment ministers met in Nairobi in May to draft a common position and demand that the continent’s interests be taken into account at upcoming summits defining world policy on climate change.