JLG set to renew meetings

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 May, 1993, 12:00am

THE Sino-British Joint Liaison Group (JLG) is set to meet next month, more than six months after the two sides broke off negotiations because of the current political row.

The two sides are targeting the second half of the month for a full session on matters ranging from extension of franchises to Hongkong's participation in international bodies after 1997.

The ongoing talks in Beijing on the 1994/95 electoral arrangements could affect deliberations at the JLG, mainland officials have said.

But a source said that the JLG meetings could not be held up indefinitely.

''There are a lot of practical matters that have to be dealt with. What if the political talks ended up in failure? Does that mean that the JLG will not meet again? Of course not,'' he said.

But he said the stalemate over the financing of the Chek Lap Kok airport was a separate matter from the difficulty in convening the JLG plenary session.

The Chinese side is known to be studying a new financial package but the JLG's Airport Committee is not expected to meet in the near future.