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Hong Kong: Lam assures there is no timetable for extradition bill

2 18.06.2019 Инфо

W/S Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, walking to speech podium, Hong Kong
M/S Journalists
SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive: "People have expressed in a peaceful and rational manner their concerns about the Fugitive Offenders' Ordinance, and their dissatisfaction and disappointment with the government, especially me. I have heard you loud and clear and have reflected deeply on all that has transpired. The concerns of the past few months have been caused by deficiencies in the work of SAR [Special Administrative Region] government over the amendment exercise. I, personally, have to shoulder much of the responsibility. This has led to controversies, this builds anxieties in society, for this I offer my most sincere apology to all people of Hong Kong."
C/U Journalist taking picture *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive: "We have immediately stopped the bill on the 15th of June and I have further more undertaken that - because this bill over the last few months has caused so much anxiety and worries and differences in opinion – I will not – this is an undertaking – I will not proceed again with this legislative exercise, if these fears and anxieties cannot be adequately addressed. And for those who know the legislative rules of procedures, the current legislative consul term will come to an end in July next year. And because we have no timetable, we need more time to address those anxieties, if the bill did not make legislative consul by July next year, it will expire, it will no longer have a validity and the government will accept that reality."
W/S Press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive (Mandarin): "Perhaps I can also state even more clearly here that in the last few months, the bill has caused a lot of conflicts and disputes in the Hong Kong community and many Hong Kong citizens have been saddened by the process. Therefore, I can promise that, as long as we cannot deal with these conflicts and disputes well, we will definitely not restart the process."
M/S Journalist asking question *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive: "We have a lot of social and economic issues that we have committed to, let alone introducing more new initiatives to develop the economy and to improve the livelihood of the people of Hong Kong. So, in the next three years, while it is difficult – as I said, the difficulty lies now perhaps not in the matter of ability or competence but in the trust amongst the people of Hong Kong. So, myself and my team will try our very best to rebuild that trust so that we can continue to implement these social and economic policies. As I said, my commitment is to do this all this important work in the next three years."
W/S Press conference
M/S Lam leaving press room
SCRIPT
Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam guaranteed there is no timetable to resume the extradition bill and that it will not be put back in discussion if divisions cannot be solved by the government, during a press conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday.
"Because we have no timetable, we need more time to address those anxieties, if the bill did not make legislative consul by July next year, it will expire, it will no longer have a validity and the government will accept that reality," said Lam while referring to an end of the current Legislative Council's term in July next year.
She added that she "will not proceed again with this legislative exercise, if these fears and anxieties cannot be adequately addressed."
Lam apologised for the second time to all Hong Kong citizens for the controversies of the bill. "I have heard you loud and clear and have reflected deeply on all that has transpired. The concerns of the past few months have been caused by deficiencies in the work of SAR [Special Administrative Region] government over the amendment exercise," she said.
"This has led to controversies, this builds anxieties in society, for this I offer my most sincere apology to all people of Hong Kong," added Lam.
In the last weeks, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators and opposition politicians blocked streets and gathered near the government's offices, urging Lam not to go forward with the bill and to resign. China, however, continues to state its support for the Hong Kong leader.
In February, the Hong Kong government proposed amending its extradition laws so that the city can accept extradition requests from countries with which it has no prior agreement, such as mainland China.