PAPUA New Guinea will now resettle all asylum seekers who are found to be refugees and the Australian Federal Police will assist the investigation into the death of asylum seeker Reza Barati if requested.
The announcement comes only weeks after PNG prime minister Peter O'Neill made it plain that PNG would only resettle "some" of those whose refugee claims are recognised, insisting other countries in the region should "carry the same burden as we do".
Now all asylum seekers who are found to be refugees will be resettled in PNG, with the first group of refugees moving into temporary accommodation as early as June, Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison said.
"They will then move into a resettlement phase and we have been building transitionary accommodation at east Lorengau on Manus Island now for some months," Mr Morrison told Sky News.
Those who are not found to be refugees will either be sent back to their country of origin, or will be resettled in another country, he said. But not one asylum seeker will be resettled in Australia.
In his second monthly meeting in PNG, Mr Morrison confirmed two-thirds of asylum seekers have now had their initial interviews at the PNG regional processing centre.