14 Dec 2006

Papuan refugees in Port Moresby to be evicted as their settlement siite to be developed

2:43 pm on 14 December 2006

A group of Papuans living in a Port Moresby settlement for nearly 20 years after fleeing Indonesian Papua are facing eviction after the landowner decided to develop the site.

The site belongs to former Papua New Guinea cabinet minister Sir Pita Lus, who since 1991 has allowed the Papuans to stay there after the first settlers moved in in 1987.

Sir Pita now wants developers to build a residential estate and PNG's Lands Department has issued the settlers with an eviction notice.

The settlers have won a court injunction from the National Court, restraining authorities from removing them.

The court is set to hear the matter on Friday.