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Jakarta Post

Govt wants haze agreement ratified

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 22 2011   /  12:35 pm

Indonesia, the 2011 ASEAN chair and the only country in the region that has not endorsed the haze agreement, has set a target to ratify the ASEAN haze pollution agreement this year.

Senior officials, including from the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Forestry Ministries, had intensified talks and targeted to ratify the agreement before Indonesia hosts the ASEAN summit this year.

The government had previously tried to seek House of Representatives approval to ratify the haze agreement, but the House rejected the proposal in 2008.

“We will try again,” Environment Ministry deputy minister for environmental damage control Arief Yuwono told reporters after the meeting held at the Foreign Ministry office on Friday.

Arief said the ratification was essential to help strengthen institutional coordination in Indonesia for dealing with prevention of forest fires.