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G7 leaders back HK autonomy, urge calm

2019-08-27 HKT 00:43
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  • G7 leaders have given their backing to Hong Kong's autonomy. Photo: AP
    G7 leaders have given their backing to Hong Kong's autonomy. Photo: AP
G7 leaders meeting in France backed the autonomy of Hong Kong as laid out in a 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and called for calm in the protest-hit city.

"The G7 reaffirms the existence and the importance of the 1984 Sino-British agreement on Hong Kong and calls for avoiding violence," according to a joint statement issued in French at the end of a G7 meeting in Biarritz, southwest France.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States France had all voiced "deep concern" about the situation in Hong Kong.

"The G7 nations all want to support a stable and prosperous Hong Kong and we remain collectively committed to the one-country, two-systems framework," he said.

The SAR has been wracked by more than two months of protests over an attempt by its Beijing-backed government to pass an extradition bill which opponents saw as a huge dent in Hong Kong's autonomy.

They have since morphed into a call for greater democracy and police accountability, with youths at the forefront of demonstrations that have at times descended into clashes with security forces.

Other key issues debated by G7 leaders included Iran's nuclear programme, the Sino-US trade war and Britain's exit from the European Union. (AFP)
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Last updated: 2019-08-27 HKT 01:43