Friday, September 09, 2005

Gibraltar set to host Constitutional talks next week

The second round of constitutional reform talks between the UK Government and the Gibraltar delegation takes place in Gibraltar next week September 15th and 16th.

The talks, being hosted by the Gibraltar Government, will be with the British team of officials to be led by senior diplomat Dominic Chilcott.

The Gibraltar team is to be presided over by Chief Minister Peter Caruana and includes Government Minister Dr Bernard Linares, Chief Secretary Ernest Montado, Leader of the Opposition Joe Bossano and elected member Dr Joseph Garcia, leader of the Liberal Party. Also included are Daniel Feetham, Adolfo Canepa, Peter Isola and Keith Azopardi.

The first round of talks between the Gibraltar delegation and a team from UK Government took place early last December in Lancaster House, London. The discussions remained confidential to both sides.

On their return last year the Gibraltar delegation expressed satisfaction with the progress that had been made.

“UK officials have generally given a positive and sympathetic response to the proposals which have been tabled by the Gibraltar delegation although agreement on the UK side will ultimately require Ministerial approval,” said a statement at the time.

Talks had been expected in the first quarter of this year but were delayed largely by the elections.

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