JLG experts get to work

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 May, 1993, 12:00am

THE Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG) will hold an experts' meeting tomorrow as part of preparatory work for the next plenary meeting of the joint body.

On the agenda in the first experts' meeting since December will be post-1997 extradition arrangements and mutual legal assistance for criminal affairs.

The Foreign Office's Hongkong-based spokesman, Mr Chris Osborne, said yesterday the meeting was an encouraging sign.

''Normally it takes several weeks for us to do preparatory work before a plenary meeting is held,'' he said.

However, he hoped full JLG meetings could be resumed next month and said that representatives from both sides were discussing dates. The last meeting ended in deadlock in December.

When asked about a resumption of JLG meetings, a mainland official said China would abide by the Joint Declaration. According to Annex II, JLG meetings should be held in Beijing, London and Hongkong at least once a year.

''The JLG meeting will be resumed soon, but we must resolve some technical issues first,'' the spokesman said.

Mr Osborne said there were several outstanding issues to be discussed, and that Britain had no opposition to the controversial question of Container Terminal 9 being on the agenda for the next round of talks.