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The Foreign Office will defend us
when our Govt presses for action
I am not for one minute going to comment on all of the contents of
Mr Gonzalezís letter yesterday, for the simple reason that it would
However one very important observation, when will the Foreign Office
defend us against Spanish attacks, answer when our own Government
presses consistently for action.
As to the Tri-partite forum, this is a very difficult one to answer.
Firstly Spain has achieved her two basics, the pensions and the
airport and the rest was pittance, but the most important issue and
one to which Mr Gonzalez will surely subscribe being the massive
support for the Chief Minister steering clear of the Brussels
process, because in his opinion the chair was Ďbooby trappedí
however along came Tri-hash when the whole table was suspect.
This came about as a sign of maturity and the way forward, sorry
this was and is a pathetic sign of appeasement.
Dr Giraldi Home
If I were employed in the Dr. Giraldi Home, I would welcome an
Francis P Buttigieg
Friends will do more for Gibraltar
Your readers may have heard rumours about changes in the Friends of
Gibraltar Heritage Society, which has for many years been active in
supporting the Gibraltar Heritage Trust and the preservation of
Gibraltar's great past.
Surprisingly, there has for many years been no active society taking
a similar interest in Gibraltar's present and future, and providing
a meeting point for all in Britain who mind about the Rock. So the
FOGHS has decided to extend its activities to include all aspects of
life in today's Gibraltar. We do not intend to do this at the
expense of our traditional interest in and support for Gibraltar's
heritage; we simply plan to do more. We will remain independent of
party politics - though never neutral where maintaining Britain's
relationship with Britain is concerned. And we will continue to be a
registered charity, devoting all the funds we raise to supporting
and commemorating Gibraltar's heritage; we hope there will be no
change in our long and close relationship with the Gibraltar
Heritage Trust. Our formal title will not change, but to reflect our
wider focus we will for everyday purposes call ourselves the Friends
We offer our members an expanded programme of talks and visits, a
redesigned newsletter, and the traditional annual visit to the Rock.
The Society has always been excellent - it will now be livelier and
more active, with more members involved in its running. I hope that
Gibraltarians with family and friends in Britain will encourage them
to join (if they are not already members), and that others moving to
Britain after a posting on the Rock will want to join us too. I or
our Membership Secretary will be very happy to hear from anyone
interested; we can be reached care of Gibraltar House, 150 Strand,
London WC2R 1JA.
Chairman, the Friends of Gibraltar
Not the right to vote
Princess Anne is welcome to Gibraltar as any member of the Royal
family is whenever they want to come.
Gibraltar is British and Spain has no business and no say on this.
I as many others support all social benefit be given to all E.U. and
non-E.U. but never the right to vote on any election, only the
Gibraltarian and British nationals living on Gib have that right to
vote in any election.
Albert Macias Senior
When will the Foreign office
defend Gibraltar against Spanish attacks?
I wonder if other Gibraltarians are like myself bitter and disgusted
by the way the British Foreign Office and indeed the British
Government for their lack of defending Gibraltar and the people of
Gibraltar against Spainís Political anti-Gibraltar activities in
which our rights are constantly under attack.
This time the Spanish Government have gone to great lengths to make
their political views known in the European Union by the designation
of all the waters around Gibraltar being Spanish now officially in a
European Union directive.
It also typifies the style of the European Union of turning a blind
eye when it comes to Spain harassing Gibraltar. Remember the
question of Gibraltarís International telephone code?
What is lamentable is that no attempt has been made all this time by
the British Minister to the European Union to inform Spain and
indeed the European Commission that those listed waters are
Gibraltarís Territorial waters and not Spainís. It seems that we
shall now have to ask Spainís permission every time shipping enters
or leaves the Port of Gibraltar.
Only recently we saw the Spanish Ambassador to London skilfully
expressing Spainís views in a letter to the Foreign Office Committee
of the House of Commons that Gibraltar does not have any territorial
waters. We are still waiting for some sort of reaction form the
Certainly the Chief Minister of Gibraltar must surely find the
knowledge the Spanish action on Gibraltarís Territorial Waters in
the European Union a matter for enormous concern and plainly for
Against this background of Spainís continued hostile action against
Gibraltar and its people what realistic cooperation can there be
with Spain in the Tripartite Forum?
Plainly how can the Chief Minister dare to meet with Spanish
Officials in the Tripartite Forum and make concessions like the
Airport deal Ė when they are still hostile to the people of
Gibraltar at every level. Is it not time that this farce of the
tripartite Forum ended once and for all?
We certainly cannot have Gibraltar cooperating with Spain and at the
same time Spain being hostile. That would be a travesty of the whole