Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ipatas backs agreement

Source: The National, Wednesday August 7th, 2013
ENGA Governor Peter Ipatas has backed the asylum seekers’ deal signed with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, saying PNG stands to gain greatly from it.
“Critics of this deal are ignoring the immediate benefits of the deal, and the opportunities it will open up for Papua New Guinea,” he said.
“Immediately, Manus will get developments projects funded by the Australian and PNG governments, that it would not otherwise get for some time.
“Manus is isolated, and often forgotten, so this deal is providing opportunities that come with hosting the processing centre”
Ipatas said Australia had always stood by PNG when it was in need, so it was right to accept a request from them to help address a growing global problem of human smuggling and illegal migration.

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