UK: Gibraltar is ours. Period
It has reaffirmed its sovereignty over Gibraltar and its territorial waters, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.
The statement is made as a brief but clear formal right of reply to Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy who delivered a call for Brussels talks last week. The UK reply was delivered formally to the UN General Assembly and was referred to by David Cameron in his address at the Gibraltar reception last Sunday at the Conservative Conference, Manchester.
Next week Gibraltar and Spain will address the UN Fourth Committee on decolonisation at which UK sometimes responds using a further right of reply.
The statement from the UK to the UN said that, following an initial proposal by the UK and the Government of Gibraltar to Spain in April 2012, the UK "notes a constructive move to ad hoc talks with the aim of taking forward co-operation on issues of mutual importance through means which fully reflect the interests, rights and responsibilities of the people of Gibraltar."
"The United Kingdom also confirms that it will not enter into a process of sovereignty negotiations with which Gibraltar is not content. The United Kingdom Government notes the desires of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar to continue the Trilateral Forum for Dialogue as the most credible, constructive and practical means of strengthening UK-Gibraltar-Spain relations for the benefit of all parties." ■