SAR passport talks call

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 March, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 March, 1995, 12:00am

LEGISLATORS are calling for a meeting with Chinese officials to discuss the future Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports.

They want to know more about discussions between Beijing and London on the issue in the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG).

In a letter to Zhao Jihua, the Chinese team leader of the JLG, the chairman of the security panel, Liberal Party legislator Selina Chow Liang Shuk-yee, invited Mr Zhao or his representative to a meeting with the panel. She said the members wanted to know when the authorities could start accepting applications for the SAR passports and whether the passports could be issued from July 1, 1997.

Legislators have voiced concerns that some people, such as the current holders of the Certificate of Identity, might be unable to travel out of Hong Kong if the SAR passports are not immediately available after the change of sovereignty.