|Govt to resolve dispute with Philippines alone
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says the government has its own strategy to try to resolve the dispute with the Philippines over the Manila hostage crisis.
His comments followed recent calls in the community for sanctions to be imposed on the Philippines to boost Hong Kong's bargaining power, RTHK reports.
"The overall strategy of course cannot be disclosed. When necessary we will just implement it. As you all know the people we are about to negotiate with also read Hong kong newspapers."
Speaking ahead of the weekly Executive Council meeting, Leung said he's been in contact with the Philippine government following his return from last week's APEC summit in Bali.
He said talks on resolving the Manila hostage dispute would begin very soon.
Leung said the main objective of the talks would be to achieve the four demands of survivors and family members of victims of the tragedy - that is an apology, compensation, punishment of responsible officials and improved safety for tourists.
He told reporters that the outcome of the talks would be disclosed to the public, and survivors and victims' relatives would be notified of developments.
Meanwhile, Liberal Party Chairwoman Selina Chow Leung Shuk-yee said she wasn't keen on imposing economic sanctions.
Chow said a more effective move would be for Hong Kong people and Filipino maids here to email the Philippine government to call for an apology.
Eight Hong Kong tourists died in a bungled rescue attempt, after a rogue cop hijacked their tour coach in 2010.