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Nauru close to signing UN refugee convention

ABC RADIO - PACIFIC BEAT  Updated June 13, 2011 16:59:10

Nauru's president says his country could soon sign the United Nations Refugee Convention as it builds a case to reopen the Australian asylum seeker processing centre on the island.

Marcus Stephen made the comments after meeting with Australia's Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who was on Nauru to inspect the facility.

There's growing pressure from within Australia for the Gillard Government to reopen the Nauru detention centre instead of opening a new one in Malaysia, or reopening the Manus Island centre in PNG.

Nauru president Marcus Stephen says the centre could easily be reopened if Australia makes a request.

Presenter: Cameron Wilson
Speaker: Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru

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