Jacinda Ardern steps up pressure on Malcolm Turnbull over refugee offer

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Ms Ardern said the unfolding standoff on Manus Island between refugees and Papua New Guinea's immigration officials was not acceptable.

Ardern has said the plight of refugees on the Papua New Guinea island, and on Nauru, is the only topic on the table when the two meet at the East Asia Summit (EAS) in the Philippines.

"I have pursued this issue from New Zealand's perspective", she told a media conference at the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

The deadline to move came as New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern repeated her offer to take 150 refugees from Manus and Nauru. Ardern again reiterated New Zealand's desire to resettle 150 of the men now held in Australia's offshore detention centres despite Malcolm Turnbull turning down her offer a week prior.

"It makes no sense to me how you can argue that we should be doing the deal with the USA, which I believe we should do, and not be doing a deal with New Zealand", he said.

"I see the human face of this issue".

Ms Ardern has stressed the "great need" of the 600 refugee and asylum seekers now barricaded inside the closed Manus Regional Processing Centre during a press conference yesterday.

Noonan said, "In the spirit of armistice day, the New Zealand and Australian governments needs to call off their war on refugees".

But Foreign Minister Winston Peters held informal talks with PNG Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato in Vietnam, and it's understood more of the refugees were being moved to the U.S. this week. Ms Ardern said she would not change New Zealand law to prevent this from happening.

Papua New Guinea has said it will forcibly remove and arrest anyone who is still there on Saturday.

Papua New Guinea's High Court ruled a year ago that the Manus center, first opened in 2001, was illegal and the camp closed on October 31, when Australian-funded security staff withdrew. "We will treat our residents as residents, and our citizens as citizens".

The U.N. Human Rights Committee said on Thursday Australia should bring its migration laws into line with worldwide standards. He said it was not a "straight-forward matter".

At the EAS, Ardern will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Premier Li Keqiang of China, EU council president Donald Tusk and President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, as well as with the meeting's host, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Every step of the way has been a dialogue with Australia about the best way to find resolution".

"There is no closer relationship than the relationship between Australia and New Zealand".

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