By Euro Weekly News Media • 23 October 2014 • 16:59
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A NEW forum has been agreed that will allow Madrid, London and Gibraltar to debate the ongoing contentious issue of Gibraltar.
It is expected that the forum will be conducted on neutral grounds – more than likely held at EU headquarters in Brussels – and could even happen as soon as the end of this month.
Matters up for discussion will include the delays at the border by Spanish security forces, the fishing conflict, the landfill being used to extend the Rock and the issue of contraband cigarettes.
In 2012, Spain rejected a proposed debate with the UK and Gibraltar, arguing that Gibraltar does not have the status of a state. However an agreement is believed to have been reached according to diplomatic sources and is likely to go ahead.
It’s reported that details of the forum are currently being finalised before it will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly which has already called for a “definitive solution” to the dispute.
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Let’s all congratulate the Spanish Govt. in taking the huge step forward in recognizing Gib as a “state”. Well done !!. A big step forward in rationalizing the reality that Gib is different, it is not wholly Brit, nor is it Spanish. Let us accept it’s individuality, give it an unusual “status” in world terms. If La Linea residents want to be part of Gib then both the Spanish and British Govts must recognize this. The Gib economy contributes hugely to the La Linea community, and vice versa, La Linea residents provide much needed resources and expertise to Gib. Let us all move on, Napoleon and Nelson (and Franco) are all in the past ! The Brits are not all lager-louts, large numbers of us (expat or holiday makers) enjoy the Spanish lifestyle, culture, history, food, wine, pretty girls, handsome fellows, etc., etc.,. What better place is there in Southern Europe to enjoy than Spain, North, South, East or West. ?
Really, do you think so? La Junta de AndalucÃÂa and El Campo de Gibraltar are going to be present too. It doesn’t mean that Spain or Uk recognize Gib as a State. Because, if Uk left free Gib, it has to be part of Spain like Utrech Treath says.
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