ASEAN welcomes Indonesia’s commitment to ratify haze pact [News]
By Channel NewsAsia, 17 Jul 2013.
Kuala Lumpur – ASEAN has welcomed Indonesia’s commitment and seriousness to combat the prolonged haze situation by agreeing to ratify the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.
Its secretary-general, Le Luong Minh, said the move showed the Indonesian government was ready to mobilise available resources to put out fires and eradicate the haze problem.
In June, forest fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra left neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia choking on the worst haze in more than a decade.
“This is the spirit of cooperation commended, and with this success, we are able to achieve our agreements,” he said.
Le was speaking to reporters after the joint news conference in Kuala Lumpur on the final day of a three-day taskforce meeting to seek a solution to the haze problem.
Malaysia hosted the 15th Meeting of the Technical Working Group and Sub-Regional Ministerial Steering Committee on Transboundary Haze Pollution.
Environment ministers from Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand gathered for the meeting, which began on Monday.
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Source: Channel NewsAsia