Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Manus Island refugees face forcible eviction

Manus Island refugees face forcible eviction

But she plans to get Malcolm Turnbull alone regardless, to continue to press him on the Manus Island refugee crisis.

She told reporters on the sidelines of the APEC meetings in Vietnam Saturday she would have a "substantive" conversation with Turnbull at the upcoming East Asian Summit in the Philippines.

At the EAS, Ardern will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Premier Li Keqiang of China, EU council president Donald Tusk and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, as well as with the meeting's host, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Ms Ardern's tough stance on Australia's treatment of the 400 refugees on Manus Island has made global headlines.

The two leaders discussed New Zealand's longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australia's detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru little more than a week ago.

"I will be raising with Prime Minister Turnbull, as I have consistently done, that we have grave concerns over the situation on Manus Island but also for the refugees on Nauru, and that our hope is to lend a hand as far as we are able in helping resolve this situation".

"If these people are taken in by New Zealand it will effectively be a back door into Australia".

"Not the least of which is these people were trying to enter Australia illegally", he told NZN.

Australia has repeatedly said it wants first to take advantage of a United States offer to take 1250 of the refugees, and Ardern has deferred to that for now.

"I see the human face of this issue".

Auckland Peace Action member, Hamish Noonan, said "We have been in contact with some of the refugees on the island, who are terrified and have been imploring the New Zealand government to intervene to save their lives".

But Ardern said she stood by the way she had managed the situation.

Ardern said she had not had an "official update", but had heard suggestions of that.

"If they did, that would be their decision".

"There is no closer relationship than the relationship between Australia and New Zealand". "We will treat our residents as residents, and our citizens as citizens".

Rejecting United Nations calls to restore utilities to the camp, Papua New Guinea this week said it would "apprehend" those responsible for the stand-off when it forcibly evicted the men on Saturday.

Papua New Guinea's Minister for Immigration and Border Security Petrus Thomas said on Sunday he expected the remaining men at the Manus Island detention centre to leave the site by Monday so they can access, "food, water, medical care and security".

"You may become very sick under these conditions of overflowing sewerage, heaps of rubbish, no clean running water, no electricity and no food", Papua New Guinea's Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority said in a two-page notice reviewed by Reuters. Over four years later, I am filled with rage and heartbreak that the situation has deteriorated to this point under the responsibility of the Australian Government.

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