Wednesday, October 05, 2005

House meeting culminates hectic time for Gibraltar

A week in politics…

Local politicians will be trekking backwards and forwards across the western hemisphere over the next seven days, in what will be one of the most hectic and possibly significant periods in Gibraltar’s political calendar for a long time.

Tomorrow’s United Nations appearance in New York by the Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, a question and answer session of the House of Assembly and what could be a ‘make or break’ meeting of the Tripartite Forum in Palma de Mallorca, will all be taking place in the compressed timescale of barely a week.

Meanwhile as the respective delegations initiate their annual trip to New York to address the United Nations Fourth Committee (on Decolonisation), Joe Bossano and Fabian Picardo will also be having to work against the clock to prepare their questions, normally several hundred, in time for the same day [Thursday] deadline for the House of Assembly meeting that has been called for the following week October 13th.

Additionally the House of Assembly comes just two days after the Tripartite Talks that are being held in the Spanish island of Palma de Mallorca, which could possibly yield a series of wide ranging cross-border cooperation measures, including the payment of Spanish pensions, a telecommunications deal and a breakthrough agreement for joint use of the airport.

Gibraltar Day in London will also be held later this month.

Bossano off to UN

Leader of the Opposition Joe Bossano leaves for the United Nations in New York today accompained by Mr Picardo. During Mr Bossano’s absence, Dr Joseph Garcia will act as Leader of the Opposition.

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