ASEAN forms panel to deal with haze

ASEAN forms panel to deal with haze 

18 August 2005


SINGAPORE — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has set up a panel of experts to help member countries tackle forest fires after some countries in the region were recently smothered by smoke from burning jungles in Indonesia, the group said in a statement issued Wednesday.

“The panel will undertake rapid assessment of the situation on the ground during critical periods of fires and haze, and provide recommendations to facilitate immediate response and effective mobilization of resources in the region,” said the statement issued by senior environment officials of the 10 countries after a two-day meeting in Malaysia’s northern resort island of Penang.


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