28 April 1997
Martin Lee Meets Margaret Thatcher
Legislator and Chairman of the Democratic Party Martin
Lee today at Government House with former British Prime Minister Lady
Thatcher. They discussed the
latest developments and future prospects for Hong Kong's elected
legislature, rule of law and freedoms.
Commenting after the hour-long meeting, Martin Lee said:
"I was happy to have the opportunity to meet Lady
Thatcher today and to find that the 'Iron Lady' continues to be firm –
particularly with regard to the Joint Declaration which she negotiated and
signed with China in 1984.
Lady Thatcher has publicly defended Hong Kong's
elected institutions and she clearly recognises that for Hong Kong people to
have a genuine 'high degree of autonomy,' along with human rights and
basic freedoms protected by the rule of law, then we must have a legislature
elected by Hong Kong people and accountable to them.
Based on our
meeting, I believe Lady Thatcher is very concerned to see that basic freedoms
are not rolled back. She believes
that the solemn international promises made to Hong Kong people in 1984 must
be honoured, and honoured in full."