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Govt officials, students set for talks on Tue

By China Daily
 Govt officials, students set for talks on Tue

Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam addresses a press conference in Hong Kong on July 15, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez)

HONG KONG - The SAR government is planning to hold the first round of dialog with the Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) on the SAR's political reform Tuesday afternoon, Chief Secretary for Administration Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced on Oct 18, 2014.

The talk will be attended by five representatives from either side, Lam said. The government will be represented by the three members of the constitutional reform task force - Lam, Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung and Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Raymond Tam Chi-yuen - as well as Director of the Chief Executive's Office Edward Yau Tang-wah and Under Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Lau Kong-wah.

The meeting will be held at the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in Wong Chuk Hang for an estimated two hours and the public would be able to see the proceeding through live TV broadcast.

Lingnan University president Leonard K Cheng, convener of the eight government-funded university president committee, will be invited to act as the moderator, and HKFS has agreed to this arrangement, Lam added.

Lam underlined the government's sincerity in starting a dialog with the students, but reiterated that the political reform exercise must be conducted according to the Basic Law and the relevant decisions of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee. With that as the basis, she is willing to listen to whatever the students have to say.

Meanwhile, she condemned the radical actions of the protesters who re-occupied the Mong Kok section of the Nathan Road last night, pointing out what they did was pre-meditated. She reiterated that the police operation was not aimed at clearing the protest area there but to restore normal traffic in the area.

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