December 16, 2009 / 11:10 AM / 9 years ago

Danish PM Rasmussen to become president of U.N. climate talks

Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen addresses a news conference at the end of a two-day European Union leaders summit in Brussels December 11, 2009. REUTERS/Yves Herman

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen will replace Danish minister Connie Hedegaard as president of the U.N. climate talks for a final summit session, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

“With so many heads of state and government having arrived it’s appropriate that the Prime Minister of Denmark presides,” Hedegaard told the 193-nation meeting.

“However, the Prime Minister has appointed me as his special representative and I will thus continue to negotiate the...outcome with my colleagues,” she said.

She said the move was procedural. Separately, Hedegaard has been criticized by African nations for favoring rich nations in the negotiations.

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