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NO DOUBTS: Gibraltar reacts to Spain’s protests as tensions flare over sovereignty of waters across the Rock

THE Authorities of Gibraltar has reacted to Spain’s diplomatic protest over the ‘severe incidents’ involving Spanish fishermen within the waters surrounding the Rock. 

A observe verbale that was dated August 28 and that has been seen by Spanish each day El Pais voiced a ‘vigorous protest’ on behalf of the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, which is headed up by caretaker Overseas Minister Jose Manuel Albares. 

“Gibraltar violated Spain’s sovereignty because the incidents occurred in Spanish waters which are near the Rock, appearing exterior their jurisdiction,” the observe mentioned. 

The ministry insists that Spain does solely recognise as British the waters throughout the limits of the Port of Gibraltar, citing the Peace of Utrecht signed in 1713.  

In response to this protest, the Authorities of Gibraltar has issued an announcement wherein they disagree with its neighbourgh’s model. 

“His Majesty’s Authorities of Gibraltar has completely no doubts in regards to the British sovereignty of the waters round Gibraltar,” the press launch mentioned. 

The response additional asks for ‘pointless incidents on the water’ to be prevented, ‘as they create threat for the crews of the vessels.’ 

Gibraltar additionally performs the inexperienced card, citing points associated to unlawful fishing and the safety of the atmosphere. 

“Issues regarding unlawful fishing have lengthy been a flash level as Gibraltar has a better environmental safety normal than Spain in relation to netting and raking. On bunkering, Gibraltar’s bunkering code is recognised as being of the very best worldwide normal.”

Lastly, Gibraltarian authorities declare that the most recent incidents shouldn’t have an effect on the ‘optimistic UK/EU Treaty negotiations which await the end result of the investiture of a brand new Authorities in Spain.’

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