|HK rejects Manila's case closed stance on tour bus massacre, Leung says talks must continue
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying cautioned against high expectations today in talks with Philippines over the Manila tour bus massacre in which eight Hong Kong nationals were murdered two years ago in August.
The families of victims and the injured have been demanding that Manila formally apologize and pay compensation.
Leung said that he rejected Philippines position at a meeting yesterday that the issue has been settled.
"The Philippine side, at the beginning, took the position that the matter has been resolved. I did not agree. I believe, and I made the case to the Philippine side, that this matter, unless it is resolved properly, will continue to stand in the way in the normal relationships between Hong Kong and the Philippines.''
In the circumstances, he said he suggested that Manila and Hong Kong continue ofificial talks.
He said the talks are "a small step in the right direction.''
"I don't think anyone should over-promise the results of further dialogue between Hong Kong and the Philippines.''
He said Manila had agreed to continue talks and examine the demands of the families of the victims and the injured.
But he said an early resolution of the issue is not likely.
-- The Standard