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Australia defends PNG refugee plan despite UN concern

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Australia on Friday said it was on track to send asylum-seekers to impoverished Papua New Guinea despite the United Nations raising concerns about the country's ability to handle refugees. 

An Australian navy boat (L) shadows a boat believed to be carrying up to 180 asylum-seekers off Indonesia and sailing towards Australian waters in July 2012. Australia on Friday said it was on track to send asylum-seekers to impoverished Papua New Guinea despite the United Nations raising concerns about the country's ability to handle refugees.

In a letter to Canberra, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said it was not clear to his agency that the transfer of boatpeople to PNG was "fully appropriate".

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