11 February 1997
Martin Lee's French Trip: "Extremely
Democratic Party Chairman Martin Lee today wound up four days of meetings and
speeches in Paris, France. Martin Lee called his appointments in France, which included
meetings with all political parties, top parliamentarians, business leaders
and officials, "extremely successful."
He also gave addresses to France's two foreign policy foundations,
spoke at the European Business School, INSEAD, and gave interviews on recent
developments in Hong Kong to editorial boards and all major media.
In particular, Mr. Lee cited his meeting with the French Justice Minister,
Jacques Toubon, with the President of the Senate, Rene Monory, and his meeting
with leading parliamentarians at the French National assembly as demonstrating
strong support for democratic institutions in Hong Kong.
Martin Lee commenting before his departure:
"The Justice Minister,
Mr. Toubon, showed a clear understanding of the threats to the rule of law in
Hong Kong. He reiterated the
French Government's support for the full implementation of the Joint
Declaration and for elected institutions, and stated the French President,
Jacques Chirac, would raise these issues on his trip to Beijing and Hong Kong
Martin Lee travels today to
Oslo, Norway, where he will meet the Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs,
Bjorn Tore Godal, State Secretary Jan Egeland and other top officials.
He will address a Joint Meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee and
the Justice Committee in Parliament and later speak at the Nobel Institute on
Wednesday, February 12.