PNG's Marape wants Australia to close Manus detention camp

Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape, June 2019. - Photo: PNG PM Media

Papua New Guinea's new prime minister wants Australia to close the detention centre it has been running on PNG's Manus island for six years.

According to Australian media, James Marape wants Canberra to give him a timeline for closing the facilities where Australia has been holding refugees and asylum seekers who it says will never be allowed to enter Australia.

Mr Marape has met the home affairs minister Peter Dutton in Australia and told the ABC that he would like the offshore processing to be ended as soon as possible.

Australia has been operating a deal with the United States to shift a total of 1250 but that hundreds of men remain on Manus.

Consecutive New Zealand governments have offered to take 150 a year but neither Australia nor PNG has acted on it.

New Zealand also offered assistance to PNG to run services on Manus two years ago, which Mr Dutton described as a waste of money.

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