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Spain assures it will not open UK government bags with official correspondence

Thursday, November 28th 2013 - 10:36 UTC
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Spain has assured London that the incident in which UK government bags containing official correspondence and communications were opened by Spanish officials at the Gibraltar border, “will not see a repeat of these actions”, according to an official release from the Foreign Office on the update to Parliament on the incident. Read full article


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  • Anglotino

    Oooh I had been assumed by our resident Spaniards, Olisipo and Aussie Sunshine, that:
    * this didn't happen
    * was a UK ploy

    or they weren't covered because they either:

    * weren't marked as diplomatic
    * weren't diplomatic because they were not communication between 'diplomats'
    * they were send by a courier which for some unknown reason is unreasonable

    Seems Madrid thinks differently.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 11:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @1 Yes, a complete balls up by the Spanish that they have fully admitted to.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 11:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    Of course they have admitted to it. If they didn't they could find themselves in very hot water, and every country in the world would look at them with suspicion, not sure whether Spain would live up to it's obligations under the Vienna Convention.

    If they refused to live up to these conventions then Embassies and Consulates from countries around the world, would start deserting them, leaving them completely isolated. They could've even faced sanctions because of this incident.

    However, I do believe that this was an act done by an insufficiently trained customs officer who shouldn't have been manning the border at all - but was drafted in due to Spain's aggressive and wholly illegal actions towards Gibraltar, and was not intentional by Madrid.

    But the embarrassment for Spain is huge and they now need to do a lot of damage control to their international reputation.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 12:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    wow!! I have read most spanish newspapers and there is mention that spain will reassure that it will not open any diplomatic bags!!!!!what they do say is that there is no diplomatic incident as there are no dilpomatic bags!!

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 01:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Xect

    Which Spanish newspapers Aussie and links please!

    Still I'd trust the UK government over the words printed in a tabloid.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 01:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    apparently DR Who has been sent to deal with the Spanish,

    what is one to

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 01:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • aussie sunshine

    Just google spanish newspapers and read..there is no mention of this article..

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 01:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    so she keeps her own people in the dark..

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 01:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @7 Exactly at @8 says. The Spanish are clearly embarrassed.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 01:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    And yet they did open the diplomatic bag, and still block normal transit at the frontier.

    And effectively, the EU does nothing.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 02:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 7 Dickhead aussie raincloud

    The very first one:

    “The Spanish foreign ministry said it had no official comment to make, but a diplomatic source told AFP: ”According to the Convention of Vienna (on diplomatic relations), the item was not a diplomatic bag, because it did not fulfil the requirements“ to be considered as such.”

    The source, who asked not to be named, declined to elaborate. So he is a lying Spanish twat then trying to take the heat off the other numpties.

    In the same paper:

    “Why do Spaniards love cocaine so much?”

    “”It’s easier for a 16-year-old in Spain to get illegal drugs than alcohol and cigarettes,” says law professor Araceli Manjón Cabeza”

    And I thought there were 170 million “contraband Gibraltar supplied fags in Spain? You been lying again Dickhead?

    “Spanish actor Antonio Banderas surprised CNN viewers when he criticized US President Barack Obama and suggested Europe and the US should apply the same economic policies as Venezuela’s late president Hugo Chávez.

    Perhaps having Melanie Griffith for a wife has “turned him”. What is it with these idiot actors that they think Chavez has “made” Venezuela?

    They (the S-pain-ish) are all CHAVEZ now! Ha, ha, ha.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 04:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    @7 Squatter Bloke
    In this case, not screaming in indignation how unfair and insulting to Spain it is, is tantamount to a guilty plea.

    It’s what’s called “a deafening silence”.

    @11 ChrisR
    Wonder if he’ll go live in the Bolivarian socialist paradise.

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    its sad to see the EU just sit back and let Spain get away with all this,
    yet still forgetting , that all this just makes us want to get out even more..

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 06:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Well then Aussie Sunshine I am sure the Spanish government will be shortly releasing a statement saying that the UK are lying.

    C'mon this is a perfect opportunity for Spain to show up the UK.

    So I guess we will keep waiting…. for this statement….. about the lies….


    Nov 28th, 2013 - 08:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    12 Pugol-H
    “Wonder if he’ll go live in the Bolivarian socialist paradise”

    Of course and I bet Melanie will love it: nod, nod, wink, wink, you know what I mean Guv?

    Nov 28th, 2013 - 09:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Yeh, like a nine bob note.

    Nov 29th, 2013 - 07:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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