Groups may write to officials setting out their views Pro-democracy lawmakers have failed to agree on a joint position paper to be presented to Guangdong officials during their groundbreaking trip to the Pearl River Delta later this month. Instead, individual groups may write to the officials setting out their views on various issues. Barrister-lawmaker Ronny Tong Ka-wah said lawmakers at a meeting yesterday had agreed with his view that there was no need for a joint paper because the trip was not an occasion for negotiation with mainland officials. 'We are supposed to engage in dialogue with Guangdong officials on cross-border issues,' said the legislator from the Article 45 Concern Group. The Democratic Party had drawn up a draft paper on sensitive topics such as Hong Kong's constitutional reform and the central government's verdict on the crackdown on Tiananmen Square in 1989. Party chairman Lee Wing-tat said the Democrats would write to Guangdong party secretary Zhang Dejiang calling for a reversal of the Tiananmen verdict, and universal suffrage for Hong Kong in 2007. It would also raise issues with Mr Zhang at events such as dinner receptions during the legislators' tour. Mr Tong said the barristers' group did not plan to write to Mr Zhang but might raise issues like constitutional reform with Guangdong leaders if the opportunity arose. All 60 lawmakers have been invited to join the two-day trip organised by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, starting on September 25. Medical constituency lawmaker Kwok Ka-ki said the democrats were not backtracking on their June 4 stance. 'The issue and constitutional reform were included in our joint letter to Vice-President Zeng Qinghong who visited Hong Kong earlier, because he is the state leader in charge of Hong Kong affairs,' Dr Kwok said. 'But Mr Zhang is mainly responsible for Guangdong affairs.' The democrats agreed on eight issues affecting Guangdong and Hong Kong which they planned to discuss with provincial officials, including cross-border food safety, pollution problems and the detention of people from Hong Kong on the mainland. Ivan Choy Chi-keung, a political scientist at the Chinese University, said he failed to see the logic in not presenting a joint letter to Guangdong officials as the democrats had done during Mr Zeng's visit to Hong Kong. 'The failure to send a joint letter may leave an impression that there is division within the pro-democracy camp.' The Chief Executive's Office yesterday sent application forms for one-off home-return permits to 10 pro-democracy legislators who do not have valid permits.