THE PNG cabinet has approved reopening the asylum-seeker detention centre to be run by Australian officials on Manus Island.
This is welcome news to the Australian government, which is struggling to deal with unauthorised boat arrivals to Australia.
In Port Moresby, prime minister Peter O’Neill said his government had approved the reopening of the Manus Island detention centre but it was up to the Australian government when it would be up and running again.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard welcomed the news and thanked Mr O’Neill for promptly considering the request.
“Arrangements are being made for a high-level delegation of Australian officials to travel to Papua New Guinea in the very near future to finalise a memorandum of understanding regarding the centre,” Ms Gillard said.
“We are committed to working in partnership with PNG to examine how such a centre might operate, including how it might best complement broader regional activities.”
Source: The Canberra Times