Turkey calls for effective agreement on climate change

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says effective deal necessary to tackle climate change while responsibility rests with developed nations

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a speech during COP21, United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

Responsibility for addressing climate change should rest with developed nations, Turkey’s president said on Monday.

Speaking on the first day of a UN climate change conference in Paris, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said any agreement should be guided by the "principle of common but differentiated responsibilities."

He added, "Our main responsibility here is to sign an agreement which is fair, effective and inclusive."

Leaders from 147 countries have gathered in France in an attempt to reach an agreement on limiting global warming.

Erdogan said all nations needed to take responsibility for climate change while recognising different levels of economic development.

The world was "on the verge of a new era in the fight against climate change," Erdogan said and developed countries should "take the main responsibility."

Turkey has already set out a climate change road map for 2030, the president added.

On the sidelines of the summit, Erdogan met French President Francois Hollande, where they discussed bilateral issues and the ongoing operation against DAESH in Syria and Iraq.