SCMP Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Tung reassures SAR following Afghanistan strikes


Updated at 1.14pm:
Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa said on Monday the military strikes in Afghanistan would not jeopardise Hong Kong's security and stability.
Earlier on Monday, Mr Tung called an emergency meeting to discuss the attacks launched last night by Britain and the United States.
The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, Financial Secretary Antony Leung Kam-chung and Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie.
Mr Tung said: ''We are watching carefully how this might affect Hong Kong. Generally speaking, Hong Kong is stable and safe, and our police are fully capable of maintaining Hong Kong's stability.''
Mr Tung said the Government supported the latest military action.
''Acts of terrorism are totally unacceptable, and we support international efforts to combat terrorism,'' he said.
''In Hong Kong, we are acting in accordance with the mainland government's directive to enact the latest United Nations resolutions. We are also liaising with the United States and other international organisations closely in the fight against acts of terrorism,'' he added.
Mr Tung also said the military action might ''affect the global economy''.