Raul Castro: Copenhagen a failure before it starts

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2009 11:13 AM

President Raul Castro has declared the global climate summit a failure before it starts.

Addressing the leftist Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas trade group on Sunday, Castro said that though Copenhagen should produce "concrete, verifiable steps to confront the effects of climate change, we already know there will be no agreement."

He said instead the world, "can only wait for a political pronouncement." He says leaders from the nine-country group gathered in Havana must devise their own "firm position on this decisive matter for the future of the human species."

Castro also is calling for regional unity to face the global economic crisis, saying many "have declared, with unjustified optimism, the end of the recession."