Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Ardern admits she may be seen as "an irritant" over Manus Island

Ardern admits she may be seen as

Papua New Guinea authorities have moved to assure they will not use force to remove men from the mothballed detention centre at Manus Island.

"Our advice to them is that common sense must prevail", Manus Police Commander David Yapu said on Monday. These refugees and asylum seekers have the right to be evacuated and resettled somewhere where seeking asylum is acknowledged and they will be welcomed into the community.

"Australia has illegally detained these asylum-seekers for years now, and now they've essentially abandoned them and they've got no food, no water, no medicine, and no power".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted Australia's handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island as unacceptable as she seeks another meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on the issue.

"I stand by the way we've managed this situation: every step of the way has been a dialogue with Australia about the best way to find resolution".

Some show the officials pulling down makeshift shelters, and others show them smashing taps on large water tanks and water gushing from broken fixtures.

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Refugees have refused to leave the Australian-run facility at Manus Island that officially closed on October 31, fearing locals near replacement accommodation located at Lorengu will attack them.

A legal challenge to have the PNG government restore essential services to the original detention centre, on the grounds their removal breached the constitutional rights of those inside, was rejected last week. "Is it the Australians, is it the immigration, or is it the asylum seekers?"

"It is time for the New Zealand government to do more than offer to take 150 refugees from Manus or Nauru".

I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play.

"The refugees are watching them fearfully...(they) are extremely scared by immigration threat but still saying we will not leave this prison camp for another prison camp", he said. No matter what label you put on it there is absolute need and there is harm being done, ' she said on Sunday. I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there'.

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

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