29 Sep '15, 11pm

#Indonesia needs three years to solve haze problem, says President Joko Widodo

#Indonesia needs three years to solve haze problem, says President Joko Widodo

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo said he needs time to tackle the forest-burning, and that his citizens were also victims of the haze that is affecting the region. However, it would take three years for results to be seen from efforts to end the huge annual fires, as it is "not a problem that you can solve quickly", Mr Joko said in an exclusive interview with the BBC. More than 3,700 soldiers, nearly 8,000 police officers and four water-bombing planes in Indonesia have been deployed to put out the fires. Related Story Singapore's offer to help Indonesia tackle haze 'still stands', says Ng Eng Hen Singapore has offered assistance, but Indonesia has yet to accept the help. Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein also said he was "more than willing" to help. Indonesia is building water reserves in the forest and canals to get water to the hotspots, Mr Joko said, foll...

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