Summit to urge free elections in Hong Kong
Meeting of 8 leaders ends Sunday with communiqué
June 22, 1997
Web posted at: 10:32 a.m. EDT (1432 GMT)
DENVER (CNN) The Summit of the Eight headed toward a close
Sunday, with the world leaders preparing to release a final
statement in which they are expected to urge China to
guarantee free elections in Hong Kong.
The leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Russia and the United States were to hold a final
session before wrapping up the summit with a series of news
In their closing communiqué, the world leaders are set to
present a united front calling on China to ensure Hong Kong's
civil liberties and guarantee free elections after the July 1
handover from Britain to Beijing.
"We look forward to democratic elections in Hong Kong for a
new legislature as soon as possible," a draft of the
communiqué circulating on the Internet said.
The communiqué also earmarks $300 million to help Ukraine
build a shell around the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor,
criticizes Japan for its huge trade surplus, promises new
trade and investment help for the poorest African nations and
expresses a determination to revive the stalled Middle East
"Restoring the sense of security and confidence among
Israelis and Palestinians is essential," the draft document
A Sunday morning meeting between Russian President Boris
Yeltsin and French President Jacques Chirac was still
scheduled even though an apparently exhausted Yeltsin skipped
an evening summit program after dinner Saturday.
An aide said Yeltsin returned to the hotel where the Russian
delegation was staying. Yeltsin had heart surgery last year
and lost 60 pounds while recovering.
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