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October 23, 2019
International

Calls To Relocate Refugees  

In a community meeting this morning, Wutung Villagers in Vanimo have agreed to petition the Government to have West Papuan Refugees living on their land relocated.

The petition is to address a number of security risks for both the refugees and the local communities.

Community leaders say as long as there are refugees living along the border; they remain vulnerable to attacks similar to the reported incident in Batas on Wednesday.

EMTV News received reports that the PNG to Indonesia Highway is currently being blocked and the crossing of the border into Indonesia temporarily closed.

The PNG to Indonesia Highway is currently being blocked

Meanwhile Wutung Ward Member, Ray Tanji says this issue has been going on for almost 20 years, and the Government must intervene as lives of PNG citizens and the refugees are at risk.

Meanwhile Schools are being closed with villagers told not to go their gardens or out to sea for fishing.

A meeting with the Provincial Intelligence Committee is expected to happen tomorrow to discuss possible outcomes and to formalize the petition.

By Stanley Ove Jnr, EMTV News, Port Moresby

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