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Saturday, 22 November, 1997, 11:27 GMT
Tung Chee-hwa welcomes China's decision to submit rights report to UN

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa has welcomed China's announcement that a report on human rights in the former colony is to be submitted to the United Nations, Hong Kong radio reported on Saturday.

Tung said the decision "demonstrated that Beijing was willing to handle Hong Kong affairs with flexibility", the radio reported.

Tung said the reports would be prepared by the Special Administrative Region government and forwarded to the Foreign Ministry office in Hong Kong.

The reports would then be submitted by China's representative to the UN.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Shen Guofen, who made the announcement, said that although China was not a signatory to the covenant on civil and political rights the central government would issue the report in order to fully implement the principle of one country, two systems.

Shen said this would also enable the United Nations and the international community to have a better understanding of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, the radio reported.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.


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