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Gibraltar/Algeciras agree to cross-border cooperation in matters of shared interests

Monday, April 2nd 2012 - 07:42 UTC
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Chief minister Picardo with mayor Landaluce address fishing activities  Chief minister Picardo with mayor Landaluce address fishing activities

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and Mayor of Spain’s Algeciras Jose Ignacio Landaluce have both separately highlighted the importance of cross-border cooperation and co-existence, in dealing with the complex issues related to Spanish fishing activity in Gibraltar waters.

While the Algeciras Ayuntamiento approved a motion moved by Landaluce calling for “a viable and lasting diplomatic solution to overcome the difficulties faced by Campo fishermen in waters around Gibraltar,” Picardo stated that he wished to ensure that “any misunderstanding as to the ambit and effect of Gibraltar law can be explained in a spirit of friendship and cooperation”.

Picardo also declared that the Gibraltar Government awaited communication from the Spanish fishermen for a planned meeting with the RG Police Commissioner and officials from the Ministry of the Environment.

This had been agreed during the recent visit by Landaluce to the Rock for talks with Picardo, following the Gibraltar Government’s decision to scupper the informal 1999 Fishing Agreement negotiated by the previous administration, and enforce the more rigorous 1991 Nature Protection Ordinance.

A Convent Place spokesman said: “The Gibraltar Government can confirm that it still awaits communication from those representatives of Spanish fishermen who, it was agreed, were to meet with the Commissioner of Police and the technical staff of the department of the Environment to have explained to them the details of Gibraltar’s Nature Protection Act.

“These meetings were programmed as a result of the meeting the Chief Minister held last week with the Spanish MP and Mayor of Algeciras, Jose Ignacio Landaluce and the Government trusts they will go ahead as soon as possible in order to ensure that any misunderstandings as to the ambit and effect of Gibraltar law can be explained in a spirit of friendship and co-operation.”
 

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  • Skåre

    See, Spain don't seem to have any trouble understanding that the only way to trump the self-determination problem is to cooperate with your neighbours and show them that you aren't such a bad bunch after all.

    It is a shame Argentina doesn't see the same truth and understand that the only way on earth that they will ever get their greasy nabs on the Falklands is by showing the islanders that being a part of Argentina would be pretty cool ... instead of pursuing the current policy of the Kirchner government, which seems to be specifically designed to prove to the entire world that Argentinians are all a bunch of two-faced duplicitous b******* who can't be trusted with anything.

    Apr 02nd, 2012 - 08:07 am 0
  • GreekYoghurt

    A lot can happen when people respect each others differences and get along nicely.

    Apr 02nd, 2012 - 08:24 am 0
  • Alexei

    @2 Exactly what I was about to type :)

    Apr 02nd, 2012 - 08:59 am 0
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