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In one of his last acts, Moratinos announces ease of tension with Gibraltar

Thursday, October 21st 2010 - 10:57 UTC
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Former Spanish Foreign Affairs minister Moratinos Former Spanish Foreign Affairs minister Moratinos

In what could very well have been one of his last comments as Foreign Affairs minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos said Spain would be removing the scientific buoys that it laid in Gibraltar waters as from Wednesday October 20.

During a news conference Tuesday in Madrid with the Rumanian Prime Minister, Moratinos was asked about statements on the subject made in London Monday by the UK Minister for Europe David Lidington.

“The buoys were placed there as part of a hydro-graphic survey of tides and
currents carried out by a Spanish scientific vessel that has as its objective the safety of maritime traffic in the area. They will now be removed as from the 20th of this month which is when the study will be concluded,” said Sr Moratinos quoted in Europa Press.

According to Europa Press, “the buoys have annoyed Gibraltar Chief Minister Peter Caruana because they are located in waters within the three nautical mile limit which UK and Gibraltar claim as their own.”

Moratinos also rejected that the removal of the buoys should be interpreted as “a gesture toward” or “an attempt to please” the Gib Chief Minister, following last week's ministerial statement when Caruana announced his Government's decision to postpone planned technical talks on law enforcement cooperation under the Tripartite Forum, following serious incident at sea caused by the Guardia Civil and involving the RGP.

“Our respective position regarding the sovereignty of the disputed waters is extremely clear”, he declared.

Moratinos reiterated that Spain continues to work closely with UK and Gibraltar to ”be able to hold the planned meeting of the Tripartite Forum before the end of the year”.
 

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  • Hoytred

    “ ... a spokesman made clear that the plans to remove the buoys were subject to UK approval and supervised throughout by the Royal Navy's Gibraltar squadron.

    ”Neither the University of Cadiz nor the Spanish Navy requested permission for the original operation on September 21, but arrangements for removal were confirmed with the Spanish Government and were subject to the UK's approval,“ said a spokesman adding that a key role of the Royal Navy in Gibraltar is to uphold British sovereignty over British Gibraltar Territorial Waters. ”

    He said the navy actively polices these waters and takes all incursions seriously. “They will continue to deal with any incidents in an appropriate manner....”

    “ .. PP MP José Ignacio Landaluce has already said he will take the buoys issue to the Congreso in Madrid and demand an explanation ... ”

    http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=20288

    Hague appears to have flexed a muscle :-)

    Oct 21st, 2010 - 11:29 am 0
  • briton

    trouble is, just what is the royal navy to send ???

    Oct 21st, 2010 - 08:26 pm 0
  • Hoytred

    No need, there's enough there already it just that politics prevents them from applying a little force !

    Oct 22nd, 2010 - 01:19 am 0
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