JAKARTA, Indonesia – Indonesia has agreed to move up a regional meeting on forest fires on Sumatra island that have caused record-setting pollution in the country and neighboring Malaysia and Singapore.
Minister of Environment Balthasar Kambuaya says that Indonesia supports a Malaysian proposal to hold the ministerial meeting on transboundary haze pollution early next month instead of in August as was scheduled.
Kambuaya spoke Thursday after meeting his Malaysian counterpart G. Palanivel.
Indonesia has formally apologized to Singapore and Malaysia over the haze that has affected air quality and caused respiratory problems in the three countries.
He says police have arrested 10 farmers accused of setting illegal fires that resulted in haze.