A “vast majority” of countries at COP27 believes that the proposals of the conference presidency are balanced and can lead to a consensus, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said on Saturday.
“A vast majority of the parties indicated to me that they considered the text balanced (…) that can lead to a consensus” to unlock the conference, said Shukri, who chairs COP27.
Moments earlier, the vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, had warned the press that the EU would rather have “no result than a bad result” in Sharm el Sheikh.
The Egyptian proposal raised in the early hours of Saturday, would reduce the objectives of mitigation of greenhouse gases, according to a French negotiating source, who considered the text “unacceptable”.
Shukri declined to comment to reporters on Timmermans’ remarks.
“Now it’s up to the (negotiating) parties to catch up,” Shukry said.