By and Climate Home News, Oct. 30, 2019.

Chile tells UN it will not be hosting meeting, just weeks before it was supposed to take place in Santiago.

Chile, wracked by civil unrest for a fortnight, has withdrawn from hosting the 2019 UN climate talks.

Chile’s president Sebastian Piñera announced the country would not host the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting or the Cop25 climate talks on the steps of La Moneda, the presidential palace, on Wednesday morning.

Accompanied by environment minister and Cop25 president Carolina Schmidt and minister of foreign affairs Teodoro Ribera, president Piñera said: “We deeply regret the problems and inconveniences that this decision will mean for both Apec and Cop. But as the president of all Chileans, I always have to put the problems and interests of Chileans, their needs, their desires and their hopes first in line.”

Schmidt wrote to UN Climate Change on Wednesday notifying them that the summit, scheduled to begin in Santiago on 2 December, would not be going ahead.


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