Asia Pacific countries pitched the name of an Indian candidate at the ongoing Bonn talks to head the most important of the three tracks of climate negotiations - the one which will negotiate a new global climate regime over next three years.
The candidature of special secretary J M Mauskar, who recently retired as special secretary, as chair of what is called the Ad-hoc Working Group on Durban Platform , found support from SAARC neighbours as well as developed economies like Japan and South Korea in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The Durban Platform track of negotiations is seen as the biggest challenge for the developing countries. Its formation was negotiated at the end of 2012 in Durban as part of a package where developed countries committed to make Kyoto Protocol operational in return for launching talks on a post-2020 climate regime that would be finalised by 2015.
The developed countries hope to smash the firewall between developed and poor countries for good under this track of talks while the developing countries have begun the fight to put equity and common but differentiated responsibility at the heart of it.
The chair being led by an Indian could be of critical value to the developing countries but sources at the ongoing Bonn talks said that the small island states (AOSIS) which are seen allied to the EU, were playing for a different candidate.
The small island states and the least developed countries have also sided with the Europeans to block the talks taking off on balanced agenda - where reduction of emissions, its financing and the technological requirements are all discussed in parallel at equal pace.
The widening wedge between the rich and developing world became evident as even the agenda for the talks - which would set the four corners of the canvas between which the talks continue through the year - could not be decided upon. The developed countries pushed for talks to move purely on increasing mitigation ambitions in near and far future while the developing countries kept up their demand that other critical elements from previous years that had not been addressed to also be resolved.
The fear permeated in the developing countries that pushing purely on enhancing mitigation would by default delink it from the financial and technological obligations under the convention and the Bali Action Plan of 2009 that the developed countries have always been less than keen to meet.