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Cambodia, Australia Sign Contentious Refugee Deal

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

Cambodia has inked a controversial agreement with Australia to begin taking refugees who are being detained on a remote island in the South Pacific. Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng met with Scott Morrison, Australia’s Minister of Immigration and Border Protection, Friday afternoon, signing a memorandum of understanding to begin the resettlement of the refugees, some 1,000 of whom are being detained on the island of Nauru. Neither official addressed the media after the meeting, but in a joint statement they said Australia will handle transportation and relocation and Cambodia will determine “the number and the timing” of the resettlement.

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