Asia Pacific Resources International Limited rebuts haze claims [News]
By S Ramesh, Channel NewsAsia, 22 Jun 2013.
One of the companies named by Indonesia’s Senior Presidential Aide, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto as among several responsible for a majority of fire hotspots in Riau Province, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited, has issued its rebuttal.
In a statement released to the media, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) said Indonesia’s accusation requires verification. That is because statements by the Indonesian side do not correspond with intensive monitoring on-the-ground conducted by it in its own concessions over the past several weeks.
They also do not correspond with the information on Friday from Indonesia’s official national body for meteorology, climate and geophysics (BKMG), which identified 13 hotspots in Riau, none of which are on APRIL’s concessions.
The company added that on Thursday, the director general of forest protection and nature conservation of the Ministry of Forestry Sonny Partono had stated that assessments by the ministry clearly indicated fire hot spots were primarily occurring outside of concession areas licensed to large companies.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia