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Gibraltar and Spain clash in fishing rights dispute

Tensions over fishing rights around the British territory of Gibraltar have been raised, following an incident involving Gibraltarian police boats and British Royal Navy, and Spanish police.



It comes after several days of dispute in which Spanish police escorted Spanish fishing boats near the area.



The Gibraltar government says fishing with large nets there is illegal because of an environmental law.



Spain claims sovereignty over Gibraltar, a British colony since 1713.



Several Royal Gibraltar Police boats surrounded three Spanish fishing vessels on Wednesday night after they cast their nets near Gibraltar harbour, media reports say.






Gibraltarian news agency GBC News said several Spanish Guardia Civil boats appeared to be defending the fishermen, but were told to leave by the Gibraltarian police.



The Spanish boats reportedly left the area later, after a Royal Navy vessel arrived and told them again to depart.



Gibraltar's chief minister, Fabian Picardo, said the Gibraltarian government condemned what were "obviously carefully premeditated challenges to our indisputable sovereignty, jurisdiction and control of British Gibraltar Territorial Waters and our airspace" - according to GBC News.

'No negotiations'

A Foreign Office statement confirmed that Britain's minister for Europe, David Lidington, had met with Mr Picardo to discuss various issues, including the fishing dispute and recent incidents in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.



"Mr Lidington reiterated that the UK's position on sovereignty has not changed and will not change", it said.



"The UK will never enter into arrangements under which the people of Gibraltar would pass under the sovereignty of another State against their wishes.



"Furthermore, the UK will not enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content."



But Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Madrid would continue to dispatch police boats to protect Spanish fishermen in the area.



"We are not going to accept intimidations or humiliations," he told reporters.



"What the government is doing is defending the fishing rights of our fishermen."



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18200678


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  • Gibraltar is UK's little Alaska but with a better climate and no view on Russia.

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  • Real smart Spain....pick a fight with the British Royal Fucking Navy. Worked out well for the Argies now didn't it? Must be a Taco bending genetic disorder. Yeah Spain, go ahead and let everyone know how tough you are. Stand your ground...not because you want to, but because you will have to.You sure as hell won't have a boat left in the water.

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  • As fas as I understand, it seems that the Gibraltar police is preventing Spanish fishermen to work on waters which are, according to Spain, their territorial waters. This is new, it has never happened before and that is the reason he Spanish authorities are concerned.
    Gibraltar says they are their waters, but Spain claims that no mention was made in the treaty of Utrecht about Gibraltar's territorial waters being British, but only the land conquered.

    I think that neither Britan or Spain want t More..

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  • damn, i didn't know the Brits owned anything there. They gave Hong Kong back to China in the 90's. Cool.

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  • Fu(king try it you Spanish muppets!

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  • all i know about gibralter is that my fav poker site is hosted here :P

    i feel bad for americans not being able to gamble online, the only reason they banned it was because they wanted their cut.

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  • uk needs to sink all spanish fishing vessels and we will begin tonight

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  • Maybe Argentina is telling the Spainish government to poke them there too. Push a few buttons. Hell, Spain's hands aren't clean on colonialism and taking stuff not theirs. How about the numerous New World rapings of gold, and precious items stolen from the New World that went to Spain, Portugal, and the worst of them all the Vatican.

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