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July 09, 2013

Singapore is determined to clear the air over the regional haze problem and set a roadmap for its solution at a three-day Asean meeting in Kuala Lumpur next week.

The city-state will press partners – Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand – for a firm date on implementing a sub-regional haze monitoring system, the Straits Times reported today.

Indonesia especially will be prevailed upon to provide official maps that, together with satellite technology, will help identify culprits who clear land illegally through burning.

However, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan stopped short of blaming Indonesia for the menace that has dogged the region for years, saying that fingers could not be pointed at a sovereign country without substantial proof.

But it will call on Indonesia to renew a partnership on fire prevention and sustainable farming, as well as ratify an Asean Transboundary Haze Pollution Agreement. It is…

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