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Spain’s objective is sovereignty over Gibraltar, Minister Jimenez tells Parliament

Thursday, June 9th 2011 - 19:42 UTC
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Minister Trinidad Jimenez was summoned to explain an “informal” meeting between Spanish and Gibraltar officials   Minister Trinidad Jimenez was summoned to explain an “informal” meeting between Spanish and Gibraltar officials

Spain's dealings with Gibraltar have the overriding objective of recovering sovereignty over the Rock, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jiménez told parliament in Madrid this week.

During a question and answer session, she said added that Spain would only discuss matters relating to the sovereignty of Gibraltar waters with the British Government.

The minister said sovereignty was an “exclusively bilateral” issue between Spain and the UK, adding that any attempt by Gibraltar to become an interlocutor in that context would be regarded as “unacceptable” by Madrid.

Spain would be “inflexible” on this point because any matter related sovereignty “must be discussed exclusively with the United Kingdom” outside the framework of the trilateral forum.

“The policies over Gibraltar have as their sole and principal objective the recovery of the sovereignty,” she said.

Minister Jiménez was responding to questions tabled by the opposition Popular Party following a meeting last May between Chief Minister Peter Caruana and the senior Spanish diplomat Bernardino León, who was an architect of the trilateral forum (UK, Spain and Gibraltar).

Their meeting in the San Roque Club was revealed by the Gibraltar Government in a statement and was described at the time as “informal” and given the fact both officials are long time friends. But it came against the background of tension at sea following Spanish incursions into Gibraltar waters.

They discussed possible formulas to avoid such clashes and foment cooperation in the spirit of the forum for dialogue.

For the PP, the meeting between Mr Caruana and León was a “terrible diplomatic error” that allowed Gibraltar to engage in Spain on a sovereignty-related issue in which Gibraltar “had nothing to offer”.

Minister Jimenéz said León did not attend the meeting as a representative of the Spanish Government.

“The [Spanish] Government has not ceded anything; neither has it discussed with Gibraltar’s authorities matters related to sovereignty”.

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  • Rufus

    So under the current government, Spain won't discuss Gibraltarian water with Gibraltar.
    And under any government the UK won't discuss Gibraltarian water without Gibraltar.

    Could it be that there won't be any discussions about Gibraltarian water until after the next election in Spain? Like the general election scheduled for March 2012?

    Jun 09th, 2011 - 08:12 pm 0
  • Asdrúbal el Bello

    And then? You´ll go to closed the Fence? Because if in March 2012 the Popular Party wins the election...

    Jun 09th, 2011 - 08:39 pm 0
  • briton

    spain---argentina--two peas in a pod.

    Jun 09th, 2011 - 09:00 pm 0
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