The prospects of a deal dimmed somewhat this morning. The Group of 77 countries have walked out of all the negotiating meetings, causing a further suspension in talks. They are unhappy that a group of 40 ministers from wealthy countries met privately all day Sunday to hash out a way forward and that the texts are not sufficiently ambitious. Reports of responses from the negotiating rooms to this action this morning indicate a high level of frustration. I am currently in the Plenary Room and the negotiating teams from all the countries are standing in small groups talking animatedly. Someone announced over the speaker system on behalf of the President of the meeting that the plenary was suspended only to come back a few minutes later requesting that everyone wait in the room. That was more then 30 minutes ago. I have also just heard that the Bella Centre has been shut down and that if I leave I will not be able to get back in, perhaps a reaction to the fact that 30,000 people were accredited for the meeting when it is designed for just 15,000. The Minister for Climate Change for the UK, Ed Miliband has called for more urgency. Stay tuned!
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