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Gibraltar recalls 35th anniversary of the opening of the frontier

Thursday, December 14th 2017 - 06:25 UTC
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In 1982 the PSOE Socialist Government, led by Felipe Gonzalez, took the unilateral decision to lift the restrictions. In 1982 the PSOE Socialist Government, led by Felipe Gonzalez, took the unilateral decision to lift the restrictions.
The Foreign Minister Fernando Moran described the measure, which was taken at the first Council of Ministers, in December, as a humanitarian gesture. The Foreign Minister Fernando Moran described the measure, which was taken at the first Council of Ministers, in December, as a humanitarian gesture.
The Partido Popular Government of Mariano Rajoy, put an end to the Agreement and Gibraltar was once again subjected to intense pressure at the border. The Partido Popular Government of Mariano Rajoy, put an end to the Agreement and Gibraltar was once again subjected to intense pressure at the border.

Gibraltar will recall on December 15th the 35th Anniversary of the Opening of the Frontier. The decision to end the thirteen year blockade of Gibraltar to strangle its economy taken by the Spanish Dictator General Franco in 1969, was put into effect by the PSOE.

 The return of democracy to Spain, after the death of Franco, did not bring immediate normality at the border and the communities on either side were kept apart until 1982 when the PSOE Socialist Government, led by Felipe Gonzalez, took the unilateral decision to lift the restrictions.

The Foreign Minister Fernando Moran described the measure, which was taken at the first Council of Ministers, in December, as a humanitarian gesture.

During the thirty five years that have elapsed cross-border relations have had mixed fortunes. Although a few years after the initial pedestrian opening, the border was opened fully and on a 24 hour basis, the citizens on either side have been subjected to pressures and delays which have caused considerable hardship and unnecessary friction.

Successive Spanish Governments have continued their claim to Sovereignty although in general terms the right wing Partido Popular administrations have taken a harder line than the PSOE.

In fact, the Socialist Government under Prime Minister Jose Rodriguez Zapatero and Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos signed the tripartite Cordoba Agreement designed to bring normality in relations. The Partido Popular Government of Mariano Rajoy, put an end to the Agreement and Gibraltar was once again subjected to intense pressure at the border.

35 years on, one fact remains, despite the political turmoil, the people on both sides remain resolved to work together for mutual benefit. Brexit need not change that if goodwill prevails.

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  • Brit Bob

    'Successive Spanish Governments have continued their claim to Sovereignty although in general terms the right wing Partido Popular administrations have taken a harder line than the PSOE.'

    Effectively Ceded to Britain 3 times!
    Gibraltar – Spanish Myths and Agreements (1 pg):
    https://www.academia.edu/34608739/Gibraltar_Spanish_Myths_and_Agreements

    Dec 14th, 2017 - 10:24 am 0
  • JFrench

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Dec 15th, 2017 - 03:14 am 0
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