German president probes Turnbull over Manus during Australia visit



Perth - German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier raised the situation in the Manus Island refugee camp with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday during a meeting in Perth.



 
"I was assured that options for better care and accommodation for the remaining refugees will be examined," Steinmeier said.
Steinmeier said he was told Australia was looking for a quick solution to the refugee crisis that included resettlement options.
The German president is in Perth to attend a German-Australian business conference.
Human Rights Watch and refugees on the island on Friday called on Steinmeier to probe Turnbull about Manus.
"Germany has a proud record of treating migrants humanely. President Steinmeier should ask Turnbull to bring the men on Manus Island to safety," Elaine Pearson, the group's Australia director, said in a statement to dpa.
Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian refugee at the Manus camp, said Friday that he wanted the German president to put pressure on the Australian government to reach a "humane solution."
The situation at the Manus Island refugee camp in Papua New Guinea has deteriorated since Australia shut down the centre on Tuesday.
Some 600 refugees have refused to move to temporary accommodation - some of which is not yet ready - in the island's main town due to fears of being attacked by locals.
Electricity and food supplies have been cut off, while men at the camp have been digging into the ground to find drinking water, according to photos shared on social media.
The UN has called it "a humanitarian emergency unfolding."

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Saturday, November 4th 2017
(dpa)
           


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