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June 5, 2020
Islands News

Manus Governor: We must be Consulted before any Bilateral Arrangements are Made

By  Theckla Gunga – EMTV News

 

The Manus Provincial Government says it will not be used again to advance Australia’s interest for a military presence on the Island province.

The Provincial government says they are fed up and does not want the PNG government to pursue the interest of Australian government on Manus soil.

A disappointed Manus Governor, Charlie Benjamin told EMTV News that when the news of Australia’s plans to establish a naval base broke out, it did not went down with him.

He says the provincial government was not aware of the discussions, and denied having any knowledge of the contract dealings which was recently signed between the PNG and Australian governments.

“Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea denied it on the floor of Parliament than he revealed it without saying it,” says Governor Benjamin.

Governor Benjamin called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to not hide behind laws, treat people as people, and respect provincial governments.

Mr Charlie Benjamin also urged that the Prime Minister to consult the provincial government first before talking to Australia for any bilateral arrangements on Manus Island.

 

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