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Caruana May Participate In Sovereignty Talks, Opposition Warns

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

16 December 2002


In a statement released last week, the Gibraltar Opposition warned that Chief Minister, Peter Caruana may be persuaded to enter into talks with the UK and Spain over sovereignty, and condemned both the Gibraltar government's refusal to rule out talks with Spain under the Brussels agreement and the United Kingdom's refusal to acknowledge the significance of the recent referendum on the subject.

The Opposition announced on Friday that:

'(UK Foreign Office Minister) Baroness Amos told the House of Lords that next week, Mr Caruana would be meeting Foreign Office Minister Denis Macshane for a first discussion on how to proceed. Since only last week in the House of Assembly Mr Caruana refused to rule out talks on sovereignty with Spain under the Brussels Agreement, presumably a form of words may be found which would enable him to say his conditions had been met and allow his participation.'

In its statement, the Opposition also condemned Baroness Amos's assertion that the talks are necessary in order to secure the Rock's economic future, arguing:

'The Opposition considers that it is a disgrace that the British government continues to promote the myth that the people of Gibraltar can only have a secure future by selling their birthright to Spain...The Opposition is convinced that we can have a secure future without Spanish involvement in our affairs.'


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