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Spain will only discuss Gibraltar sovereignty issues with the UK

Spain will not discuss any issue that affects Gibraltar’ sovereignty within the context of the Trilateral Forum, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez said in an interview over the Christmas break and some its extracts collected in the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Foreign Affairs minister Trinidad Jimenez

She said sovereignty was a bilateral matter for Spain and the UK.

“The Forum has been, and is, very useful in order to try and bring the communities in the Rock and the Campo closer together” Trinidad Jimenez told the newspaper ABC.

“But we cannot accept that one of the vertex’s of the forum try to introduce matters that are outside and that affect sovereignty”.

“On questions of sovereignty, Spain only deals with the UK”.

The issue of Gibraltar was raised by the journalist during a wide-ranging interview on Spanish foreign policy.

The minister was asked whether Spain would raise the issue of sovereignty within the remainder of the current legislature.

“Let’s see if the conditions for that arise,” she said. “Spain might wish for this, but there has to be the will on both sides”.

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1 Redhoyt (#) Jan 03rd, 2011 - 02:31 am Report abuse
Spain is going to be a long time waiting then !
2 stick up your junta (#) Jan 03rd, 2011 - 10:08 am Report abuse
Must be a Spanish thing
3 Ann Other (#) Jan 03rd, 2011 - 08:35 pm Report abuse
I wonder if they will 'reject' the British statement that HMG will not discuss the sovereignty of Gibraltar unless the Gibraltarian people want it - which they don't.
4 Typhoon (#) Jan 03rd, 2011 - 09:18 pm Report abuse
“Latins” be they in Europe or in South America are incredibly stupid. Gibraltar will remain British for so long as its people wish. The Falkland Islands will remain British for so long as its people wish.

Make no mistake. Despite their disenchantment with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the British people will DEMAND war against ANYONE who seeks hegemony over either territory.

If we have to wipe out the populations of Spain and Argentina, those countries will have brought it on themselves.
5 Rufus (#) Jan 06th, 2011 - 05:14 pm Report abuse
So let me get this straight in my mind.

Spain won't talk to the UK and Gibraltar with respect to soverignty, but will only talk to the UK, without the blessing (or presence of representitives) of Gibraltar

The UK won't talk to anyone about soverignty without Gibraltar's blessing, as they're acting on behalf of the people of Gibraltar rather than moving them round like some giant chess piece in a game.

Gibraltar's blessing on soverignty talks that don't include them is roughly as likely to be forthcoming as me growing wings and flying to Gibraltar under my own power. I recall vaguely a referendum on shared soverignty about ten years ago. There were about 200 people in favour, but there were also about eighteen thousand opposed.

Let us just say that breath will not be held waiting for progress/change on the status of Gibraltar by many people.
6 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 06th, 2011 - 06:09 pm Report abuse
Is always better to talk with the owner's circus instead of the “monkeys”.
7 Ann Other (#) Jan 06th, 2011 - 08:34 pm Report abuse
@Rufus No, not 200 only 187 voted in favour of joint sovereignty.
There may be less of them today.
8 Rufus (#) Jan 07th, 2011 - 04:48 pm Report abuse
I stand corrected, it was 187 votes in favour of joint soverignty and 17,900 opposed, which if my maths is correct gives 98.97% of the votes cast opposed to joint soverignty.

In either case, it's not a particularly ringing endorsement for the idea...

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