Ardern should deal with PNG directly on Manus: refugee council

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New Zealand’s Refugee Council president has called on Jacinda Ardern to do whatever it takes to end the suffering of the men on Manus Island.

The head of the New Zealand Refugee Council says New Zealand should bypass Australia and deal with the Papua New Guinea government directly to resolve the Manus refugee and asylum seeker issue.

“If we have to go directly to the PNG government that should be the case,” Dr Arif Saeid told SBS News.

“I think whatever we should do, we should do. They have suffered enough.”

Dr Saeid, who is based in Auckland, has echoed calls from PNG governor Charlie Benjamin who said New Zealand should intervene and they should directly work together on a refugee deal.

“The sooner the better… In an ideal world we should have brought them here yesterday,” he said.