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.
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.