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PNG asks Australia for help with refugees

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Belinda Merhab

Papua New Guinea's foreign minister says he's asked Australia for help resettling genuine refugees but "no help has come" yet.

Rimbink Pato says 583 men have been determined to be genuine refugees but don't want to be resettled in PNG.

"We're faced with a stalemate and therefore we're asking the international community, of course we're asking Australia as well, because it's really Australia's problem that we have shared under the arrangement with the commonwealth to assist a friend in need," he told EM TV.

"No help has come to us at this point in time and therefore we've got 583."

Attorney-General George Brandis was asked about the comments during Senate question time on Tuesday but declined to comment because he had not seen the footage.

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