Gibraltar 'a risk' for Spain
The claim is contained in a paragraph of a new 48-page national maritime security strategy policy approved by the Spain's National Security Council. The public version of the policy document states that differences between neighboring countries over the extent of maritime territorial boundaries were among the many factors that could present challenges to Spain.
"In this sense, Gibraltar presents Spain and Europe with diverse security problems that require efficient solutions in line with the parameters established by the United Nations and enshrined in the Brussels Declaration of 1984, agreed by the British and Spanish governments," the document states.
While Gibraltar is singled out in the document, there is no mention of any tension with other countries sharing maritime borders in this region, including Morocco. This is not the first time this year that Gibraltar has been included in an official Spanish strategic policy document of this type.
"The colony of Gibraltar is an anomaly in today's Europe and a dysfunction in the relations between two countries that are partners and allies," the document said. "It presents Spain and Europe with security problems in diverse areas, which require efficient solutions in line with the parameters established by the United Nations and enshrined in the Brussels Declaration of 1984, agreed by the British and Spanish governments."
The document covers all the various potential risks and threats faced by Spain, ranging from terrorism and organized crime through to espionage, energy security and financial instability, among others. It also presented clear lines of action and a plan for the reorganization of national security structures. As with the latest publication, the reference to Gibraltar was contained in a single paragraph. ■