PNG Po­lice Hint That Manus Evic­tion Com­ing Soon

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The po­lice chief on Pa­pua New Guinea’s Manus Is­land has hinted that the PNG De­fence Force could soon evict refugees oc­cu­py­ing the for­mer de­ten­tion cen­tre.

Some 400 refugees are re­fus­ing to leave the cen­tre on the is­land’s naval base, say­ing they want to be re­set­tled in a safe coun­try. Po­lice chief David Yapu said about 180 refugees had left the protest since it be­gan two weeks ago.

But he said none of the refugees agreed to move yes­ter­day to al­ter­na­tive fa­cil­i­ties in the is­land’s main town.

“To us as au­thor­ity it is some­thing that is frus­trat­ing be­cause we are still wait­ing for the re­al­lo­ca­tion of the land and that will en­tirely be­come the prop­erty of the PNG De­fence Force and they will have the con­trol. If the PNG De­fence Force takes over the land, that’s when the peo­ple will have to leave.”

Mr Yapu said he had com­plied with or­ders not to use force to move the men but he’s now seek­ing di­rec­tives on the next course of ac­tion.

Aus­tralian Se­nate may de­bate NZ Manus of­fer

Aus­tralian Greens Sen­a­tor Nick McKim is fil­ing a mo­tion in the Se­nate call­ing on the Aus­tralian prime min­is­ter to ac­cept New Zealand’s of­fer to take refugees from Manus.

New Zealand ‘s prime min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern said she would again raise New Zealand’s of­fer to take 150 refugees from the PNG is­land and Nauru when she meets her Aus­tralian coun­ter­part Mal­colm Turn­bull this week.

The pair are at­tend­ing the East Asia Sum­mit in the Philip­pines this week.

Mr Turn­bull had re­peat­edly turned down New Zealand’s of­fer.

Refugees on Manus Is­land

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