PNG Police Hint That Manus Eviction Coming Soon
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