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Spanish ambassador to UK summoned over incident in Gibraltar waters

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 13:22 UTC
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“I condemn this provocative activity and urge the Spanish government to ensure that it is not repeated”, said Minister Lidington “I condemn this provocative activity and urge the Spanish government to ensure that it is not repeated”, said Minister Lidington

The Foreign Office has summoned the Spanish Ambassador to the UK to underline serious concern at the activity of a Spanish Navy vessel in international waters off Gibraltar on Wednesday.

  This is the fifth time the Spanish Ambassador has been publicly summoned in relation to Gibraltar since the current Spanish government took office in December 2011.

On Wednesday evening Prime Minister David Cameron also raised Gibraltar with Prime Minister Rajoy in the margins of the EU Council meeting. He made clear to Mr Rajoy that there must not be a repeat of last summer’s disruption.

Speaking before the summoning of the Spanish Ambassador, Federico Trillo, the Minister for Europe, David Lidington MP, said:

“I am extremely concerned by the actions of a Spanish Navy vessel which sought to redirect two commercial vessels heading to and from the Port of Gibraltar, wrongly claiming they were in Spanish waters. The vessels were in international waters off Gibraltar, and the actions of the Spanish Navy vessel constitute a breach of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“Freedom of navigation in international waters is a vital principle of international law. The two commercial vessels, under instructions from Gibraltar port authorities, were able to continue their business uninterrupted. But this represents a cynical attempt by the Spanish government to disrupt Gibraltar’s economy, in contravention of international Law.

“I condemn this provocative activity and urge the Spanish government to ensure that it is not repeated. Her Majesty’s Government will continue to take whatever action we consider necessary to uphold the interests of Gibraltar, its people, its security and economy.”

This activity occurred in international waters off Gibraltar and according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, freedom of navigation is guaranteed in these waters.

This is the fifth time the Spanish Ambassador has been publicly summoned in relation to Gibraltar since the current Spanish government took office in December 2011.

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  • Justthefacts

    Regrettably, the British govts continuing cowardice in respect of actually doing anything of any substance (military or economic) about these incidents is the primary reason they continue.

    Jul 18th, 2014 - 02:37 pm 0
  • Vestige

    Like what ?
    What ya gonna do.
    Fk all.
    You'll be outvoted in the EU and outgunned on the Spanish southern coast.
    Spain will do what it wants.
    Spain really should declare a buffer around the seas claimed by gibraltar.

    Jul 18th, 2014 - 03:23 pm 0
  • Leiard

    @2
    Go for it Vestige, don't let facts cloud your judgement.

    Jul 18th, 2014 - 03:56 pm 0
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