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Foreign Office has not discussed Gibraltar with new Spanish government

Friday, January 27th 2012 - 11:18 UTC
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Garcia Margallo insists on holding bilateral sovereignty talks Garcia Margallo insists on holding bilateral sovereignty talks

Foreign Office Ministers have not discussed Gibraltar with the new Spanish Government, a Foreign Office spokesman said on Wednesday.

Reacting to questions on the Antena 3 interview where Jose Garcia Margallo, Spanish Foreign Minister, had said he had told Foreign Secretary William Hague that on sovereignty and jurisdiction the interlocutors are UK and Spain, the Foreign Office said that the UK position is well known.

“The UK will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against their wishes. Furthermore, the UK will not enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content,” said the FCO.

Garcia Margallo said that if they were going to talk about co-operation “which seems good to me as it favours both sides of the fence (reja) then Spain, UK, the Junta de Andalucía and Gibraltar will be present. That should be the symmetry”.

However “we will progress on that (co-operation) as we progress on sovereignty matters. We are not going to be talking permanently of co-operation if we do not advance on the fundamental issue of sovereignty”.

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  • ChrisR

    So he is a lying bastard. He is Spanish after all.

    Jan 27th, 2012 - 04:20 pm 0
  • briton

    and like argentina and malvino
    he has nothing, and will get nothing,
    just talk .

    Jan 27th, 2012 - 07:57 pm 0
  • Asdrúbal el Bello

    ChrisR. It's nice to see the British sense of humor in action. Lying bastards. I hope it's an affectionate nickname. In any case, you have not seen anything. I can not imagine the fun and intelligent banter that you will occur when the Spanish government begins closing doors. Interesting times come.

    Jan 27th, 2012 - 11:31 pm 0
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