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Tuesday, 21 April, 1998, 17:22 GMT 18:22 UK
UN warns of further serious Indonesian fires

The United Nations has warned that hundreds of forest fires in eastern Indonesia could cause the same damage as last year -- when neighbouringcountries were covered in a haze of smoke for weeks.

The head of the United Nations Environment Programme, Klaus Toepfer, said most of the fires were caused by logging and plantation companies which the Indonesian authorities should identify publicly.

Mr Toepfer -- who led an emergency mission to Indonesia earlier this month - was speaking in Geneva after a meeting of fire-fighting experts allocated ten million dollars to train and equip firefighters in Indonesia.

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