11 Apr 2014

Cambodia, Nauru in talks on refugees

8:14 am on 11 April 2014

Cambodia could permanently resettle refugees who have been processed in Nauru under an impending deal with Australia.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Cambodia would not process asylum seekers who have aimed for Australia but could resettle those found to be refugees.

"It is about a regional discussion on broadening the number of resettlement places," he told ABC TV on Thursday.

"This is about resettlement not processing. The processing is done in Nauru."

There would be three signatory countries to any deal: Nauru, Cambodia and Australia, he said.

AAP reports Australia's offshore processing deal with Nauru does not require it to permanently resettle any refugees there, unlike an arrangement with Papua New Guinea.

Mr Morrison and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have separately visited Cambodia this year.

A Cambodian government spokesman told the Phnom Penh Post last Friday the foreign ministry may soon release details of the proposal.