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Indonesia will not apologise to Singapore for haze: Foreign minister

Published on Jun 21, 2013 11:08 PM
 
Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa has said the Indonesian government will not issue an apology to its Singaporean counterpart for the haze crisis but he insisted that the government would do everything it could to tackle the problem. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

(THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa has said the Indonesian government will not issue an apology to its Singaporean counterpart for the haze crisis but he insisted that the government would do everything it could to tackle the problem.

“The Singaporean government must be aware that we have done all we can to tackle this haze problem. Indonesia has been dealing with this for years and improvements have been made,” Mr Natalegawa said as quoted by kompass.com on Friday.

He said both governments had worked hand-in-hand to tackle the problem, sharing information regarding the latest situation on the ground.

For example, he said, Singapore’s environment minister had been sent here to discuss the best possible solutions with his Indonesian counterpart.

Currently visibility in the city-state is very limited and air pollution has breached ‘hazardous’ levels. Similar conditions are also being seen in Indonesian cities like Pekanbaru in Riau and Jambi. The haze is coming from fires in many locations in Sumatra and West Kalimantan.

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