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Thursday, 11 December, 1997, 17:20 GMT
Malaysia and Indonesia sign joint disaster management pact

Malaysia and Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday on joint disaster management and relief efforts in the wake of the recent "haze crisis" in south-east Asia, Malaysian radio reported.

The agreement spells out cooperation in joint operations, including the deployment of personnel, equipment, search and rescue missions, training, and information exchange.

It was signed by Malaysian Information Minister Datuk Sri Mohamed Rahmat as chairman of the National Disaster Management and Relief Committee, and the Indonesian minister for people's welfare, Datuk Sri Utama Azwar Anas, who is also chairman of Indonesia's National Disaster Management Coordinating Board.

Datuk Sri Mohamed expressed hope that the accord will reduce bureaucratic red tape in future disaster relief operations.

He said it has also defined cooperation in health research into the aftereffects of the haze.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.


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