EU voices concern over Hong Kong situation

BRUSSELS, The European Union (EU) Wednesday said the escalation of violence and continuing unrest in Hong Kong, including the use of live ammunition, resulting in critical injuries to at least one person, “are deeply troubling.” “The European Union maintains its position that restraint, de-escalation and dialogue are the only way forward. Indeed, they are clearly needed now more than ever and offer the only basis for an enduring solution,” said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a Declaration on behalf of the 28-member bloc tonight.

“Fundamental freedoms, including the right of assembly of Hong Kongers must continue to be upheld and the possibility to hold peaceful demonstrations must be ensured. These rights must be exercised peacefully,” she stressed.

The Declaration recalled the EU’s close relations with Hong Kong under the ‘one country, two systems’ principle and its strong stake in its continued stability and prosperity.

“The EU attaches great importance to Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, which must be preserved,” it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency