Comments by the European Union spokesperson on the situation in Hong Kong
In response to questions from the press regarding the situation in Hong Kong, European Union External Action Service spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said:
“Violent clashes have taken place at the Chinese University in HK and across Hong Kong last night. We monitor the situation very closely. European students are enrolled in the university. The far-reaching impact of the situation on lives and livelihoods in the territory makes a credible and swift solution to the unrest imperative.
It is crucial that all sides exercise restraint. A solution should be found through genuine dialogue, reconciliation and community engagement. All stakeholders must renounce violence and engage constructively in de-escalation efforts.
A comprehensive inquiry into the violence, use of force and the root causes of the protests is a critical element in de-escalation efforts.
Every effort needs to be made to ensure that the District Council elections on 24th November proceed as planned. This will send an important signal about the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms enshrined in the Basic Law.
The EU attaches great importance to the high degree of autonomy vested in Hong Kong in the framework of "one country, two systems". This is crucial to the future prosperity and wellbeing of Hong Kong.
The EU has close commercial, cultural and people-to-people ties with Hong Kong. We share a commitment to fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and human rights. We stand ready to support the government and people of Hong Kong to secure a durable solution to the present crisis.”