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Malaysia, Indonesia, spoilers in ASEAN anti-haze deal

Published on Sep 29, 2013 by Luke Hunt

This article first appeared in The Edge ReviewBy LUKE HUNT / Kuala LumpurExpectations that Southeast Asian governments would find a united and workable approach to dealing with the dreaded haze that annually blankets the region have again been undermined by self interest amid a deal struck by Indonesia and Malaysia to withhold critical information regarding the causes of the fires.Their agreement to withhold information on the fires on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has upset Singapore, Thailand and Brunei, all key players in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) charged with ending the annual scourge.The deal also became known in the wake of the second appearance of the haze this season after Indonesian fires fuelled the worst smog....

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