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Updated: 06/29/2013 18:34 | By Channel NewsAsia

Foreign ministers of Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia meet in Brunei over haze

Foreign ministers of Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia meet in Brunei over haze


Foreign ministers of Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia meet in Brunei over haze

SINGAPORE: Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said his meeting with his Singapore and Malaysian counterparts is aimed at taking the haze issue forward in terms of preventive measures and to mitigate the situation if it were to occur again.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said certain ideas will be discussed at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, which begins in Brunei on Sunday.

Giving an update on the haze in Sumatra, Dr Marty said it is becoming more positive.

As of now, he said the affected areas have come down to some 4,000 hectares from the previous high of 16,000 hectares.

The number of hotspots has come down from a high of 265 to seven as of Friday.

Dr Marty said these are due to efforts on the ground, water bombings and cloud seeding.

When asked to name the Singaporean companies who are allegedly involved, Dr Marty declined to go into details but said that he would leave it to the law enforcement agencies to take the necessary action.

Also commenting on the trilateral meeting was Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister K Shanmugan, who said Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, as neighbours, have a constructive relationship.

That was the context of Sunday's discussion on the haze issue.

Mr Shanmugam described the meeting as positive and constructive. - CNA/xq

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