Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Moratinos raises Gibraltar issue at UN

Secretary-General Kofi Annan (second from right) meets with Miguel Angel Moratinos Cuyaube, Foreign Minister of Spain and parliamentarians from Spain - United Nations © 2005 Photo #18353 UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeSpanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos addressed the United Nations last night and expressed the hope that the Tripartite Forum for dialogue will solve the long standing differences with Britain over Gibraltar.

Sr Moratinos referred to the application of UN resolutions which calls on both sides to continue their bilateral negotiations and reach a definitive solution to Gibraltar’s decolonisation.

Sr Moratinos said that reactivating this process was encompassed within the Spanish Government's constructive spirit, and that this was reflected by the creation of the Tripartite forum for dialogue. Sr Moratinos said the aim of the forum was to produce “a climate of mutual confidence and cooperation for the benefit and prosperity of Gibraltar and the entire region.”

Sr Moratinos said:

“I cannot but mention, again this year, the question of Gibraltar, and the need to put an end to this dispute through the implementation of the repeated mandates of this General Assembly that have urged Spain and the United Kingdom to continue their bilateral negotiations, with a view to completing the decolonization process, in accordance with the pertinent United Nations resolutions. Spain is willing to work in a constructive spirit.

This spirit is reflected in the creation of a Trilateral Dialogue Forum whose aim is to produce an atmosphere of mutual trust and cooperation for the benefit and prosperity of Gibraltar and of the surrounding areas.”

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