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Unlike the Copenhagen conference which failed to clinch a deal despite presence of almost all top political leaders there during final leg of negotiations six years ago, Heads of state may not be part of concluding round of talks during the crucial Paris climate summit in December.
Heads of state may be called only to attend only the first day of the summit on November 30, although, France, the host country, will invite all the heads of state.
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France had hinted at this possibility during an informal gathering of environment ministers and other key delegates of 46 countries in Paris last week.
India was represented by the country's environment minister Prakash Javadekar in that informal ministerial consultation meeting on July 20-21.
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"France is mulling over this option to avoid a situation where heads of state (Prime Ministers or Presidents or chancellor) debate the final details of the talk. France rather wants to take all the 196 member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to Paris summit (COP21) without having any surprise element in the final draft negotiating text. The host country would try to build consensus on almost all contentious issues well in advance" said an official.
The Copenhagen Summit had earlier raised climate change policy to the highest political level where 115 world leaders had attended the high-level segment.
The US president Barack Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel and then Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were among the top leaders who attended the concluding round.