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Jakarta set to ratify haze pact

Draft Bill to be tabled for treaty signed in 2002

Published on Mar 4, 2014 9:13 AM

Indonesia's Parliament is set to agree to ratify a decade-old regional haze treaty, as pollutant levels in parts of Riau remained hazardous for a second month and thick haze continued to spread across much of Sumatra.

A parliamentary committee comprising MPs from eight out of the nine parties met Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya and senior officials yesterday, and six of the parties - who make up 363 of the 560 MPs in the House - were in favour of ratifying the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

The pact commits member countries to preventing open burning, monitoring prevention efforts, sharing information, and helping one another in tackling the haze.

A draft Bill on ratification will be tabled before a full session of Parliament, likely after the general election on April 9.

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