'Slow pace' at JLG talks
PROGRESS in the latest Joint Liaison Group (JLG) meeting has been disappointing, the British side said yesterday.
Emerging after the second day of the session, British team leader Hugh Davies said: 'I am slightly disappointed by the lack of progress today.
'I hoped by the end of the time, we will have made the sort of progress we are looking for.' He said crucial transitional issues including passports, right of abode, the civil service and the franchise of Container Terminal No 9 would not be resolved in this session.
In addition, the group had failed to settle the controversy over the Preliminary Working Committee's proposal to strip the overriding power of the Bill of Rights.
The only positive sign was arrangements for senior Hong Kong officials to meet their Chinese counterparts.
The Chinese team leader Zhao Jihua said the meeting had been useful and progress had been made.
This JLG session ends today.