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Jakarta Post

ASEAN nations to speak out against illegal waste exports

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 1 2019   /  02:18 am

ASEAN leaders are expected to raise the issue of hazardous waste exports during an upcoming summit in Bangkok on the weekend, Indonesia’s lead ASEAN official said, just as member states are sending containers full of waste back to the developed countries where they originated.Having issued an ASEAN foreign ministers’ statement on the illegal transboundary movement of hazardous waste in August, Southeast Asian leaders are set demand accountability from partners like Australia and the United States at the East Asia Summit (EAS) on Monday.The Foreign Ministry’s director general of ASEAN affairs, Jose Tavares, said even though the implementation of illegal waste regulations would eventually be carried out at the national level, the concerns of the countries involved would still be expressed during international forums.“This can be directly conveyed at the very highest level by the he...