Spain’s Conservative daily ABC diplomatic correspondent is predicting the demise of the Tripartite Forum, involving Spain, UK and Gibraltar, under Mariano Rajoy PP government expected to take office in mid December
Luis Ayllon writes he believes that the incoming Conservative administration will regard the Tripartite Forum as ‘dead and buried’.
From the opposition the Conservative Popular Party has been critical, saying that only Gibraltar and Chief Minister Peter Caruana have benefited from the Tripartite process.
However under the outgoing Socialists PSOE, the Forum after an encouraging start went into the doldrums following on the Gibraltar waters’ dispute.
Ayllon also believes the PP will insist in returning to talk with UK over Gibraltar’s sovereignty on a bilateral basis.
As to the possible candidates for the Foreign Affairs post several names have been mentioned. MP Miguel Arias Cañete, the former Minister for Agriculture under Jose Maria Aznar, and career diplomat Gustavo de Aristegui are seen as front runners in the new PP Government of president elect Mariano Rajoy.
According to sources close to the Popular Party former Foreign Secretary Josep Pique, who is remembered in Gibraltar as leading Spanish diplomacy during the failed London-Madrid joint-sovereignty deal of 2002, is also tipped for a ministerial position, making a comeback in one of the major economic portfolios in Rajoy cabinet.