Papua New Guinea to shut Australia asylum-seeker camp: PM

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Sydney (AFP)

Papua New Guinea on Wednesday said a controversial asylum-seeker camp on Manus island will close, piling pressure on Australia's border protection policy.

It follows a Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday that detaining people at the Australian-funded facility was unconstitutional and illegal.

"Respecting this ruling, Papua New Guinea will immediately ask the Australian government to make alternative arrangements for the asylum-seekers currently held at the Regional Processing Centre," Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said in a statement.