ASEAN haze meeting ends on ‘disappointing, bewildering’ note (Today, 4 May 2016)

ASEAN haze meeting ends on ‘disappointing, bewildering’ note (Today, 4 May 2016)

A meeting of five Association of South-east Asian (ASEAN) nations in Singapore on Wednesday (May 4) to discuss transboundary haze pollution ended on an unexpected note, when a senior Indonesian official declined to take questions at a media conference after the meeting, saying there would be a separate press conference in Jakarta. The five countries had earlier agreed to conduct a new study to assess the impact of the 2015 haze on the region. The Indonesia official’s move prompted Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) to issue a media reply in the evening, calling it “disappointing and bewildering”.

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