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FCO outlines issues and calls for restraint ‘on all sides’ in Gibraltar/Spain fishing dispute

Monday, September 17th 2012 - 05:32 UTC
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The upholding of British sovereignty and protecting Gibraltar’s interests are the key issues for Governor Sir Adrian Johns in the current fishing dispute involving Spanish fishermen and the Spanish authorities. Read full article


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  • briton

    You call to much Sir,
    unless you are willing to enforce it,
    then it will just fall on deaf ears ..

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 10:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • soberanista

    As a Spaniard I must say that's ok with me. Keep restraining until our boys finish the job. Next stop: kick off the bunkering.

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 11:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    It would seem that the court ruling in Spain giving rights to control activities between Spain and Gib. take little note of international juristictions, national waters, EEZs, the Law of the Seas Convention, and many other world mechanisms to control bad behaviour.

    It remains to be seen if Primarolo and others have real balls.

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 12:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gustbury

    Gibraltar has no territorial waters according to the Ultrecht treaty!Endpoint

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 12:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    This will continue until a fishing vessel is confiscated or sunk. They should just get on with it.

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 12:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brucey-babe

    @4. gustbury.
    And neither has Spain.

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 12:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 Time for Gibraltar to beef up its law enforcement agencies. Also for Gibraltarians to take their custom and trade elsewhere. Licences for fishing. No licence - an arrestable offence involving the impounding of any vessel or vehicle involved and gaol time until the court hearing. If the offence is proved, the vessel or vehicle to be seized as well as penalties involving gaol, monetary penalties and exclusion from the territory of Gibraltar.
    @4 So? See the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Treaty of Utrecht doesn't say that Gibraltar has no territorial waters. It just doesn't mention them. Hardly surprising as there was no international acceptance of the concept of “territorial waters” when the Treaty was signed. And the Treaty of Utrecht doesn't mention Spanish teritorial waters either!

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 03:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    the sooner you sink one,

    the sooner they will keep away.

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 07:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Santa Fe

    4... Been through this before and you know your fibbing.

    Sep 17th, 2012 - 08:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tezza

    With all the public affection for Gibraltar in the UK, time to make a stand against the bankrupt Spanish who are simply using Gibraltar as a distraction for their economic about a boycott on holidays in Spain? Hit them where it hurts most...and yes I am also in favour of tougher local action...confiscating illegal fishing boats would be a useful start.

    Sep 18th, 2012 - 09:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • J.A. Roberts

    I see Gustbury can't even spell Utrecht. A sure sign he has not even bothered to read the relevant sections of the Treaty, which doesn't mention waters of any kind.... Anyway, Gibraltar has a right to up to 12 miles of territorial seas under UNCLOS, which was ratified by Spain.

    Sep 18th, 2012 - 10:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    Why does the governor have to call for restraint from his own side if he is also praising their restraint, to do both doesn't make sense?! Rosindell is a clown, a big fan of Pinochet of course...

    Sep 18th, 2012 - 03:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
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    Sep 18th, 2012 - 06:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    sorry, Primarolo can't have real balls.

    Sep 19th, 2012 - 08:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #14 Though she was once known as “red dawn” so taking up a jingoist issue like this is really a bit sad for her...

    Sep 19th, 2012 - 12:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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