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500 Papuans face eviction

The National (PNG) - September 18, 2007

Julia Daia Bore – Over 500 settlers from Papua province of Indonesia (formerly West Papua) living at the 8-Mile Settlement outside the nation's capital are likely to be evicted today by the owner of the land. And the settlers want the PNG Government to intervene and prevent this happening.

Benny Augus, vice-chairman of the West Papua community in Port Moresby told The National yesterday they had nowhere to go if evicted.

Former Maprik MP Sir Pita Lus is the owner of the land. He is alleged to have written to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Immigration giving a 14-day notice for the settlers to move out of his land. The 14 days notice expires today.

Mr Augus said the settlers have pleaded unsuccessfully with Sir Pita to reconsider his decision and not evict them.