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West Papuan refugees welcome in PNG - PM

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 15/10/2019

Papua New Guinea's prime minister says his country stands ready to welcome more refugees from West Papua.

James Marape was responding to questions in Parliament yesterday about the deteriorating human rights situation on the Indonesian side of the border.

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape listens to Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on July 22, 2019. - Marape is on a six-day visit to Australia. (Photo by MICK TSIKAS / POOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MICK TSIKAS/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister James Marape listens to Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a meeting at Parliament House in Canberra on July 22, 2019. - Marape is on a six-day visit to Australia. (Photo by MICK TSIKAS / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read MICK TSIKAS/AFP/Getty Images)

He said PNG respected Indonesia's sovereignty over West Papua and what happened there was Jakarta's responsibility.

However, Mr Marape said he supported the Pacific Islands Forum call for an independent investigation, and personally summoned Indonesia's ambassador.

West Papuan refugees would always be welcome in PNG, he said.

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