Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Gibraltar Airport talks “prodeeding with normality” say Spanish Government

The Spanish Government said tri-partite discussions on the joint use of the airport are “proceeding with normality”, but it added that the process “will take time in order to reach a definitive conclusion.”

The statements were made in a parliamentary response to a written question from the Socialist Group in Congress (Congreso) about the progress of talks with the British and Gibraltar Government, Spanish news agencies reported yesterday.

The response detailed the broad ground covered since the first meeting of the tri-partite forum last February but offered nothing new of substance. It touched on issues such as submarine visits, the border crossing, the Spanish pensions, telecommunications and the airport.

According to the response, both sides have exchanged “base documents [on the airport] in order to establish the formal framework of any future agreement.” A technical group will be set up “shortly” to discuss the matter.

The government response also noted that the airport in Geneva – which is jointly used by both France and Switzerland – was being looked at as a possible model.

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