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Exposed C24 chairman agrees to receive Gibraltar's Picardo to match a meeting with Spanish minister

Wednesday, July 15th 2015 - 06:53 UTC
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Lasso Mendoza admitted having met a Spanish minister to address Gibraltar and when exposed agreed to meet Picardo 'if the Chief Minister requested it'. Lasso Mendoza admitted having met a Spanish minister to address Gibraltar and when exposed agreed to meet Picardo 'if the Chief Minister requested it'.
During the C24 session Chief Minister Picardo waved a first class plane ticket at  chairman Lasso Mendoza in an attempt to convince him to visit Gibraltar. During the C24 session Chief Minister Picardo waved a first class plane ticket at chairman Lasso Mendoza in an attempt to convince him to visit Gibraltar.

Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is in New York for a meeting with the Chairman of the UN’s Decolonization Committee of 24, ambassador Xavier Lasso Mendoza. The meeting arose from the Chief Minister’s intervention before the C24 last month, during which the Ecuadorian diplomat confirmed he had met with a Spanish government minister to discuss Gibraltar, according or a report from the Gibraltar Chronicle.

 Chastised by the Chief Minister over the meeting, Lasso Mendoza said it was his responsibility as chairman to hear all sides. He added that he would meet Picardo if the Chief Minister requested it.

During the session in UN's building in New York, Chief Minister Picardo had also waved a first class plane ticket at the chairman in an attempt to convince him to visit Gibraltar.

Lasso Mendoza declined the offer but said he would meet Mr. Picardo in his office in the Ecuador Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

Speaking to GBC after that intervention Mr. Lasso Mendoza suggested that Mr. Picardo might have used more subtle and insightful language in his address.

Mr. Picardo is accompanied by the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, who is responsible for political lobbying, and the Minister for Economic Development Joe Bossano, who is charged with attending UN decolonization seminars.

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  • Briton

    The outcome of this meeting will be of interest to others,

    it will be interesting what the C24 has to say to defend their existence.

    but interesting all the same.

    Jul 15th, 2015 - 09:54 am 0
  • ChrisR

    The last dinosaur captured in a photograph, just look at that 'majestic' face above!

    You can ever tell what the dinosaur is thinking 'WTF am I doing here and why is this man berating me and taking the piss out of my beloved C24'

    Way to go Picardo!

    Jul 15th, 2015 - 11:53 am 0
  • Conqueror

    Good start for Gibraltar. Fabian Picardo is a lawyer. Lasso Mendoza is a nobody. Should be quite fun to hear Picardo's report of the meeting as Lasso Mendoza is revealed as an argie puppet.

    Britain shouldn't miss such an opportunity. A demand for the permanent members of the Security Council to appoint the members of the C-24. Latam countries to be excluded. The Security Council to determine when a territory has been de-colonised based on specified criteria to be published so that territories know what to achieve. The Security Council also to determine who can attend C-24 meetings. No more latams. No more traitors. One more year to finalise and then C-24 and the Fourth Committee to be abolished.

    Jul 15th, 2015 - 01:14 pm 0
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