Spain’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs is urging Morocco and Portugal to block the sale of rocks to Gibraltar, according to the online publication El Confidencial. The website reported at the weekend that the ministry headed by Jose Manuel García-Margallo had initiated contacts with “friendly countries” in a bid to stop Gibraltar’s “expansionist” plans.
El Confidencial repeated erroneous reports that the Rock is reclaiming land on the east side. It was not clear on what grounds Spain was making the request.
Gibraltar has recently imported rock shipments from both Portugal and Morocco by sea after Spain banned such imports across the land border.
The rocks were lawfully purchased on the open market and used for EU-compliant coastal protection works in Sandy Bay.
Until now, Gibraltar imported building materials of this type from Spanish quarries.
A spokesman for No 6 Convent Place said the Gibraltar Government was aware of the online report but could not verify its veracity.
“Even if it is true, we are confident that it will not affect the government’s ability to source any rocks or materials that are required,” the spokesperson said.
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How on earth can Gibraltar expand? The Treaty of Utrecht does not allow it! ¡Españoles idiotas!Apr 23rd, 2014 - 05:59 am 0
Does that mean Spain is trying to rock-block Gibraltar?Apr 23rd, 2014 - 06:49 am 0
They try to block rocks being sold to the Rock of Gibraltar. Such a scarce commodity will be very difficult to source without the permission of Spain. After all, where are they going to find rock on the Rock of Gibraltar if the dastardly Spanish manage to persuade every nation on earth (including the UK) not to sell them any.Apr 23rd, 2014 - 09:13 am 0
It's a real conundrum.