16 Sep '11, 6am

Indonesia declines Singapore help to tackle haze:

JAKARTA - The Indonesian government has declined help from Singapore on tackling the haze situation and said it was capable of resolving the matter on its own. Mr Arif Yuwono, the Deputy Minister of Environmental Degradation Control and Climate Change, told Jakarta Globe that the situation was under control although heavy haze continues to blanket parts of western Indonesia. On Tuesday, Singapore's Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said the Republic was ready to assist Indonesia to cope with the forest fires and haze, which threaten to cast a pall over the island's Formula 1 night race next week. He said he wrote to his Indonesian counterpart, Professor Dr Gusti Muhammad Hatta, last month to register concerns on the transboundary haze situation. "We have a team on standby to help with putting out fires or even with cloud seeding, as well as techn...

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