Breakthrough tripartite deal over Gibraltar is sealed

18th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 September 2006, CORDOBA — Britain and Spain signed a historic deal over Gibraltar on Monday which ended decades of enmity over the tiny Mediterranean colony.

18 September 2006

CORDOBA — Britain and Spain signed a historic deal over Gibraltar on Monday which ended decades of enmity over the tiny Mediterranean colony.

Geoff Hoon, British Europe Minister, the Spanish Foreign Minister, Miguel Ángel Moratinos and Peter Caruana, Gibraltar's First Minister, are expected to seal the first tripartite deal over the Rock.

At a summit in Cordoba, the agreement will open up Gibraltar airport to flights from Spain and the rest of Europe for the first time.

Border controls will also be relaxed in an effort to stimulate trade between Gibraltar and Spain.

Telecommunications between the Rock and Spain will be improved, allowing mobile telephone users to make calls from Spain to Gibraltar.

Pension rights for Spaniards who worked in Gibraltar until the border was closed by General Francisco Franco in 1969, will also be settled.

But the thorny issue of sovereignty, which Spain has claimed since it ceded the Rock in 1713, will not, however, be up for discussion.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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