Wednesday, May 9th 2012 - 21:09 UTC

Spanish government has abandoned the Trilateral Forum, claims Gibraltar

The Gibraltar Government issued a statement on Tuesday saying it took note of comments made by Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo indicating the Spanish government is abandoning the Trilateral Forum which involved three-side talks: Spain, UK and Gibraltar.

Minister Garcia-Margallo: ‘nobody hopes for the existence of a Trilateral forum’

In a report on Sunday in Madrid’s conservative newspaper ABC the Spanish minister is asked whether he had received a reply from London to his request for a Quadripartite Forum over Gibraltar and is quoted as having said the following: “Yes, and it is entirely satisfactory, in the sense that now nobody hopes for the existence of a Trilateral Forum. What we would have instead is a series of “ad hoc” meetings with equality of representation”.

However, the Government of Gibraltar in response said it wished to place on record that it remains ready to participate in the Trilateral Forum.

“The Government understands that the United Kingdom Government, for its part, remains strongly committed to the Forum and has specifically communicated this to Mr García-Margallo, rendering his remarks in the interview quite astonishing. Moreover, it will be recalled that the continuation of the Forum is also the policy of the main Spanish Opposition party, the PSOE. It is, therefore, only the Spanish Government, following the general elections in Spain at the end of last year that has abandoned the Forum.”

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1 Be serious (#) May 10th, 2012 - 09:23 am Report abuse
Spain has to cut back on everything as it has run out of money.
It has even offered its only Aircraft Carrier to the Royal Navy.
2 Idlehands (#) May 10th, 2012 - 11:22 am Report abuse
What this article doesn't explain is why the Gibraltans care.
3 Brit Bob (#) May 10th, 2012 - 12:50 pm Report abuse
@2 Because they want to coexist alongside a friendly neighbour that they can trust and as such, it will benefit both Gibraltar and Spain.
4 Conqueror (#) May 10th, 2012 - 01:57 pm Report abuse
@3 It seems that Gibraltar gets on very well with Morocco. Spain? Not so much. Spain constantly creates problems at the border. Spain denies that Gibraltar has any territorial waters. Despite the fact that all then-existing territories got “territorial waters” at the same time. Spain regularly invades British Gibraltar Territorial Waters with warships and other “official” vessels. These vessels also regularly obstruct law enforcement by Gibraltar authorities. Spanish fishermen “poach” by fishing with illegal equipment up to 225 metres from the shores of Gibraltar. They have even had armed paramilitaries (Guardia Civil) running through, and firing weapons, in the streets of Gibraltar!

There is NO chance of Spain being a friendly neighbour for Gibraltar. Following the recent elections, Spain is now much like argieland. Making unacceptable and unjustified claims, using untenable interpretations of law and treaties, ignoring the wishes of the population, creating unnecessary difficulties at the borders, attempting to steal Gibraltar's resources.

Should we be surprised? Well, they both come from the same stock. They both speak the same gibberish. They are both equally untrustworthy. And despite any feelings we might have about the “expropriation” of YPF, they are both just about equally broke. I reckon that the “expropriation” of YPF might be characterised as thieves falling out over the loot!

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