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Washington, DC
April 17, 2007


Remarks by Ambassador Alejandro D. Wolff, Acting U.S. Permanent Representative, on Energy, Climate, Security and Sudan, at the Security Council Stakeout

Ambassador Wolff: We can start. I just finished making a statement the Security Council session, the debate continues, a number of other delegations have spoken. The main point I wanted to get across is the seriousness with which the United States takes climate change issues and leadership roles we are playing in devising the most advanced technological incentive arrangements that will ensure combination of business and other groups together with government deal with these challenges in a constructive, productive, effective way but also with a sense of realism. That the developing world, we and others, must deal with this issue in a manner that does not affect the underlying ability to deal with this issue and that is growth and development.

Reporter: The issue of having a SC debate in the first place, having climate change on the agenda, I understand there was some disagreement on whether this is the appropriate forum?

Ambassador Wolff: Well, there are many fora that deal with this; most significant in this organization is the Convention on Climate Change. We believe we will be dealing with this in that forum; the G8 has dealt with this as well. We have heard comments about this in the Security Council debate as well, today. The notion of the linkage between climate and energy, security and other issue, we are interested in hearing about. But, this does not detract from or take away the need to deal with these issues in the appropriate venues including other ones outside the Security Council.

Reporter: Given the recent decision by the Supreme Court to mandate the EPA to make more stringent methods to regulate climate emissions, and this meeting today, basically red flagging the importance of climate change, is the United States ready to play a more prominent role on the international stage in regard to this issue?

Ambassador Wolff: I don't think, if you look at the statistics and the facts, that there is a country that plays a more prominent role then the United States in terms of the investments we are making, the leadership we are showing, establishing the incentives, giving businesses credits, dealing with this in an incredible, effective strategy that is intended to deal with this overtime and deal with it in a manner that produces results, and harness the creativity and the productivity of industry, of NGOs, private sector groups all around the world to deal with this issue constructively.

Reporter: Sudan if you will, The Secretary-General and Mr. Khai were out here after their meeting, In the US view, what is the remaining ambiguity or conditionality in the Sudanese acceptance of the Heavy Package, and what does the latest developments over the last 24/48 hours mean? Is the U.S. determined to go ahead with perhaps a draft in the SC resolution on Sudan?

Ambassador Wolff: Well, as I've stated on a number of occasions, if you look at the letter the Sudanese Government sent on the Heavy Support Package it is unambiguous and there is nothing to clarify. That has been the case with previous letters. And so we find that the ambiguities and the clarifications are required after you take them up on their letters that said they agreed to this. So, in terms of what remains to be done, what has to be clarified, my view is we need to test this, start the deployment, and take the Sudanese Government at its words, and we'll see if there needs to be further clarification. This is long overdue, we were at a stage last year where we thought it was agreed to without ambiguity and we found out that there were lots of hidden conditions that were not made clear in any communications from the Sudanese government. So, you have to test this constantly and remain vigilant and ensure it is serious.

Reporter: So, moving ahead with a draft resolution perhaps, are things still on hold, waiting to see how this thing is going to play out or move ahead in the coming days?

Ambassador Wolff: I refer that question to Washington, as you know Deputy Secretary Negroponte is in the region, he will be briefing the leadership when he gets back to Washington, and I think we will be making some decisions based on that.

Reporter: Yesterday, the Sudanese Ambassador was telling reporters that the Darfur Peace Agreement precludes in their view, UN peacekeepers. Logistics yes, peacekeepers no. Does this come up in the meetings? Does the U.S. have a different interpretation of the Darfur Peace Agreement?

Ambassador Wolff: I don't think it is just the United States but others disagree with that interpretation, it does not preclude it.

Thank you.

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Released on April 18, 2007

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