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Fallon visits Gibraltar and reaffirms UK support to deal with unlawful Spanish incursions

Saturday, October 18th 2014 - 08:22 UTC
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 “My visit proves once more that the UK takes Spanish incursions very seriously, and will continue to deal robustly with them”, said Fallon. “My visit proves once more that the UK takes Spanish incursions very seriously, and will continue to deal robustly with them”, said Fallon.

A package of new measures announced by the Defense Secretary has reaffirmed the UK’s support to Gibraltar. On his first visit since becoming Secretary of State, Michael Fallon paid tribute to those working to support defense activities in Gibraltar and emphasized the strategic importance of the permanent joint operating base there.

“During a period of immense global instability, let there be no doubt that the UK remains absolutely dedicated to ensuring the defense and protection of Gibraltar, its people and British Gibraltar Territorial Waters”, said Secretary Fallon.

The top British official discussed unlawful incursions into territorial waters by Spanish state vessels, and stressed the UK’s commitment to upholding Gibraltar’s sovereignty with a range of naval, police and diplomatic responses.

“My visit proves once more that the UK takes Spanish incursions very seriously, and will continue to deal robustly with them”, added Fallon.

The minister met with the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, and signed an agreement under which the UK and Gibraltar will equally share the cost of the first resurfacing work at Gibraltar Airport in 20 years.

The improvement will support both commercial and military use of Gibraltar Airport.

The Defense Secretary welcomed the Chief Minister’s commitment to introduce legislation to place the Royal Gibraltar Regiment on the same footing as its British Army counterparts, highlighting its valuable contribution both in Gibraltar and deployed on operations.

 

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  • Conqueror

    I wonder if the spaniards have thought. It seems unlikely as few spaniards have ever been known to think. Where shall we date that from? 1577 when El Draque arrived in the Pacific? All those wonderful shits......sorry, ships and the spaniards could do nothing. We could go on and list the attempts of the zombies, but let's look toward the future. The spaniards attempt something dangerous against Gibraltar. The spanish air force is half the size of the Royal Air Force. The spanish navy is about half the size of the Royal Navy. The spanish army is about half the size of the British Army. And, from the rear, British ex-pats rise up and attack. Many spanish troops are, eventually, found floating, face-down, in hotel pools. Meanwhile, in Britain, many spaniards receive 'work' reassignments. Waiters, bartenders, office cleaners, rent boys.

    Maybe it's another form of colonisation!

    Oct 18th, 2014 - 03:54 pm 0
  • ilsen

    Sometimes it is difficult to remember that Spain is a member of NATO. Or perhaps that should be; Spain seems to be having a hard time remembering that it is a member of NATO. ..

    Oct 18th, 2014 - 04:35 pm 0
  • Brit Bob

    http://en.mercopress.com/2013/12/13/spain-not-sure-about-success-in-legal-challenge-of-gibraltar-waters

    ''Spain not sure about success in legal challenge of Gibraltar's waters.''

    Well of course, Mr. Margallo you have no chance.

    PS You have no chance of winning an ICJ case regarding the Isthmus either. You had the chance of going to the ICJ over the Isthmus, status of Gibraltar, territorial waters and airspace back in 1969 but turned down the UK's kind offer. That means that you have acquiesced to British possession. The Helsinki Accord that Spain and the UK have both signed also affirms that 'borders in Europe can only be changed ''by consent.''

    Sorry to disappoint you. Lol

    Oct 18th, 2014 - 06:23 pm 0
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