Carrie Lam opens door to unconditional talks with students

Local | 9 Jul 2019 1:09 pm

The Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor agreed to the demands of the student unions and announced that she was ready to hold an open dialogue with them about the extradition bill controversy, RTHK reports.
"I now readily welcome and agree to this open dialogue with our student representatives and we will follow up," she said. 
Lam's office had last week tried invite to student representatives from the Education University and Chinese University for closed door talks, but they rejected the move. 
On Friday, in a joint press conference, student leaders at eight tertiary institutions said they will consider talking to Lam only if she offers open dialogue and promises to drop all charges against anti-extradition bill protesters.
But Lam said she hopes there will not be any preconditions.

"I hope this open dialogue will be conducted without any pre-requisites. On my part or on part of the students," she said. 
Lam said five years ago as the chief secretary she had dealt with the Occupy Central protests and now seeing this anti-extradition bill agitation as the Chief Executive. 

"Both exercise have caused a lot of grievances, unhappiness and tensions in society. I believe they reflect not only one incident but some fundamental and deep-seated problems in Hong Kong," Lam said.
She said after Occupy agitation in 2014, things moved on but there was no effort to address these problems.
"But this time I don't think we could continue to ignore those deep-seated and fundamental problems in Hong Kong society," the top official said.
Lam said together with other community leaders she hopes to go deep into these problems and find solutions for them this time.


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