Airport talks expert to be consul-general
Sir Andrew Burns, a British expert who took part in the new airport talks, is to become consul-general, it was announced yesterday.
Sir Andrew, Deputy Under-Secretary of Trade and Investment, will succeed Francis Cornish late next month.
British Foreign Ministry spokesman Bill Dickson said: 'Sir Andrew had been very familiar with Hong Kong issues when he was the assistant under-secretary (Asia) from 1990-92.' He took part in expert-level talks on the new airport at that time. He joined the Foreign Office 32 years ago.
The SAR Government has been told of the new appointment and a spokesman for Tung Chee-hwa said the administration welcomed it.
The statement also said Mr Cornish, who has been in Hong Kong for four years, would take up another post at the Foreign Office.
Mr Cornish was senior trade commissioner before becoming the first British Consul-General of the SAR.