PNG, Australia Discuss Refugee Resettlement Arrangements

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Officials agree to ‘work together on a roadmap’ to comply with court

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 12, 2016) – Senior officials from the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia yesterday met to discuss the regional resettlement arrangements following the April 26, ruling by the Supreme Court on refugees and ongoing cooperation to counter people smuggling within the region.

Australia and Papua New Guinea undertook to work cooperatively to ensure the Papua New Guinea Government was compliant with the Supreme Court decision. To that end, the two Governments agreed to continue to work together on a roadmap that would ensure the Papua New Guinea Government’s compliance with the Court’s orders.

[PIR editor’s note: On May 12, 2016 RNZI reported that ‘The Ministry of Immigration in Papua New Guinea says all asylum seekers detained on Manus Island are now free to come and go from the processing centre. ... The Deputy Chief Migration Officer Esther Gaegaming said the Immigration Ministry was committed to complying with the orders of the Supreme Court to cease detention.’]

In a joint statement the two Governments have committed to continue to work closely together and meet regularly in the coming weeks in support of achieving the outcomes.

Regional cooperation remains vital to combating the scourge of people smuggling and the resulting tragic loss of life of people at sea. Papua New Guinea and Australia have a long history of cooperation on many fronts and the current discussions are continuing in this spirit.

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