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Exco member Fanny Law says more talks possible if occupiers want them

Exco's Fanny Law says government likely to resume talks under framework set before

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 November, 2014, 7:18am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 November, 2014, 7:18am

A top aide to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says the government is likely to resume dialogue with student leaders of Occupy Central if they accept its earlier offers to produce a report and form a consultative platform.

Executive Council member Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun also said she was "upset" after a friend floated the idea of emigration because of "fears about the students, rather than the Communist Party", for taking a hard line on resolving the stalemate.

She urged the students to give up their civil disobedience struggle that has occupied Mong Kok, Admiralty and Causeway Bay for more than 50 days.

"I believe if the students accept what the chief secretary had offered earlier, she would be willing to resume talks," Law told a radio talk show yesterday.

On October 21, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor suggested, as a solution to end the protests, submitting a "report about public sentiments" to Beijing to reflect Occupy's demand for genuine universal suffrage, and to set up a multiple-front platform to discuss constitutional developments beyond the 2017 chief executive election.

Lam made the offers at a meeting with the Federation of Students that was televised around the world.

But the students said the proposals would not ease dissatisfaction with Beijing's framework for the 2017 poll, which put conditions on potential candidates.

"A dialogue without you bringing the full glare of the whole world's media to bear could take place more smoothly," Law added on the talk show.

Law, a local deputy to the National People's Congress, said she did not know why three representatives of the federation had their travel permits to the mainland invalidated as they were about to fly to Beijing to seek a meeting with state leaders last weekend.

She said the students should "reflect" on themselves.

Student protest leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung was later quoted as saying that Law's "upset" friend could move to a country without a Communist Party, but never to a country without youth.