Friday, February 11, 2005

Trilateral Forum meets in Malaga today

Gibraltar, United Kingdom and Spain - Moratinos seeks submarine guarantee

With wide expectation that the use of Gibraltar airport will be discussed as well as other issues that have been raised in preliminary talks, Chief Minister Peter Caruana will be meeting representatives of the Spanish and British Governments at the sub-delegacion de Gobierno in Malaga today for the first meeting of the trilateral forum of talks on Gibraltar.

Britain will be represented by FCO Director for Europe/Mediterranean Dominic Chilcott and Spain by his counterpart Jose Pons Spanish Foreign Ministry (Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores MAE)

A Gibraltar Government spokesman said:

The first meeting of the new trilateral forum of dialogue established by the UK, Gibraltar and Spanish Governments by an agreement reached at Chevening, Kent on 16th December 2004 takes place in Malaga today.

That meeting was preceded by a working dinner, also in Malaga, last night.

The Gibraltar delegation comprises the Chief Minister Peter Caruana, the Chief Secretary Ernest Montado and the Assistant Chief Secretary Richard Armstrong.

The Gibraltar delegation left Gibraltar yesterday evening and returns this afternoon.

The Gibraltar delegation is accompanied by Press Secretary Francis Cantos.

Meanwhile Miguel Angel Moratinos the Spanish Foreign Minister has asked Britain to provide a written guarantee that it will no longer carry out repairs to the nuclear system of submarines in Gibraltar. He said that the HMS Sceptre incident was now closed and that it had been an incident that was “resolved in good faith, in the time scale that had been given and under the conditions that had been agreed.

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