Indonesia pressured to ratify fire treaty

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Indonesia Forest FireASEAN nations gathering in Brunei for a meeting of foreign ministers have urged Indonesia to take greater action to prevent the regularly occurring smoke that comes out if its rainforests, which only recently began to dissipate over Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

On June 30, the 10-nation bloc jointly urged the Indonesian government to ratify the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. Indonesia is the only ASEAN nation that has not ratified the treaty, which was originally brokered in 2002.

“We… stressed the importance for regional countries to uphold their international obligations and work together to tackle the transboundary haze pollution problem,” the ASEAN foreign ministers said in a joint communique.

Indonesian President Bambang Yudhoyono has formally apoligised for the deadly haze, which is reported to have killed at least two people in Malaysia. The Indonesian government has already recognised that its dense bureaucracy has been inefficient at addressing the treaty.

The country’s parliament had attempted to ratify the haze agreement, but it was shot down in 2008.

 

 

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ASEAN nations gathering in Brunei for a meeting of foreign ministers have urged Indonesia to take greater action to prevent the regularly occurring smoke that comes out if its rainforests, which only recently began to dissipate over Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

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Indonesia Forest FireASEAN nations gathering in Brunei for a meeting of foreign ministers have urged Indonesia to take greater action to prevent the regularly occurring smoke that comes out if its rainforests, which only recently began to dissipate over Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

On June 30, the 10-nation bloc jointly urged the Indonesian government to ratify the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution. Indonesia is the only ASEAN nation that has not ratified the treaty, which was originally brokered in 2002.

“We… stressed the importance for regional countries to uphold their international obligations and work together to tackle the transboundary haze pollution problem,” the ASEAN foreign ministers said in a joint communique.

Indonesian President Bambang Yudhoyono has formally apoligised for the deadly haze, which is reported to have killed at least two people in Malaysia. The Indonesian government has already recognised that its dense bureaucracy has been inefficient at addressing the treaty.

The country’s parliament had attempted to ratify the haze agreement, but it was shot down in 2008.

 

 

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