Singapore: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologised for the haze from fires in his country that blanketed Singapore and Malaysia and caused record-setting pollution.

"For what has happened, as President, I say sorry and seek the understanding of our relatives in Singapore and Malaysia," he said.

"Indonesia had no intention to cause this. And we will continue to bear responsibility to overcome what has happened," he said.

Singapore's pollution index hit record levels last week, and Malaysia has declared a state of emergency in two areas.

The President said the national disaster management agency is taking over command of the on-ground efforts to put the fires out and the police and military will be called in.

Yudhoyono said he has ordered an investigation of the fires. "There should be a thorough investigation. In my analysis, there are both natural and human factors," he added.


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