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By: Carol Umbo (NBC MANUS)
Meantime, Australia maintains its position on the regional resettlement agreement with P-N-G and Nauru despite the recent spate of unrest by asylum seekers in Manus Island processing facility.
Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scot Morrison said Australia will NOT be deterred from the situation in Manus.
In a media statement to the Australian media early this morning, Mr Morrison confirmed that one of the transferee died while another was shot in the buttock.
He pointed out that Australian government is absolute with its policy on the asylum issue in both P-N-G and Nauru and will NOT back down following the unrest by transferees on Manus Island.
Mr Morrison said this means Australia will not close its facilities and will continue work with processing in those countries.
He adds Australia will not be deterred by the last night's incident which resulted in a death of a transferee, the hospitalization of two others and the other seventy that sustained injuries.
In other media statements released by the Australian High Commission this morning, Mr Morrison clarifies that the transferees sustained injuries were those that breached the external perimeter fencing of the center.
He also noted that PNG police never entered the perimeter excerpt mending the outside, whilst the security firm G4S was able to protect the critical infrastructure and take control of the facilities with out the use of the batons.
He said number of injuries sustained were serious and arrangements were made to airlift persons requiring treatment off site whilst working closely with local health services.
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