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Indonesian minister expects immediate haze ratification

Published on Mar 13, 2014 1:26 PM
 
 In this aerial photo taken on March 7, 2014 haze from forest fire blankets Pekanbaru city, the capital of Riau province, in Indonesia's Sumatra island. Indonesia's Environmental Affairs Minister Baltasar Kambuaya has expressed hope that the trans boundary haze pollution agreement will soon be ratified to handle the haze from forest fires. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Indonesia's Environmental Affairs Minister Baltasar Kambuaya has expressed hope that the trans boundary haze pollution agreement will soon be ratified to handle the haze from forest fires.

"Only last week, it gained legislative agreement after we had been struggling hard for it since 2005, and now we hope it will soon be ratified," the minister clarified during his working visit to Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, on Thursday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Baltasar noted that ratification of the trans boundary haze pollution agreement was necessary for Indonesia to strengthen its ability to handle haze.

"By ratifying the agreement, we can discuss the matter in a polite manner with the countries affected by haze," the minister said.

 
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