The Indonesian Government has made a fresh bid to get more than 240 asylum seekers to leave the boat they have been on for nearly six months in the port of Merak.
Officials from the Indonesian government and the UN refugee agency visited the asylum seekers earlier today and the Indonesians said the stand-off was about to end.
The asylum seekers said they were told that by the weekend they would be moved to an island where their claims would be processed.
So far they have refused to leave until they are guaranteed they will be resettled quickly.
One of them, known by the single name of Nimal, says the group is still unsure of what is being planned.
“A lot of people are waiting for resettlement in Indonesia, that’s why we also fear if we got off the boat we will have to wait for so long,” Nimal said.
“That’s why we fear if we got off the boat we will have to wait for so long.”
The Indonesian navy brought the asylum seekers into the port in October last year after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asked Indonesia to stop them reaching Australian waters.