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Post time 2012-6-15 07:00:38 |Display all floors
Thu Jun 14, 2012

Spain will take its dispute with Britain over the sovereignty of the Gibraltar Rock to the United Nations, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs says, after the provocative projection of British Queen’s giant image on the Rock earlier this week.


The image of the Queen was projected on the northern face of the rock next to Britain’s flag on Tuesday night as the youngest son of the Queen and his wife visited the disputed Overseas British Territory as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  

Reports said the image could be seen from miles across the border from Spain, where the Gibraltar Rock is located.

Spain said on Monday that Madrid considers the royals’ visit with “disagreement and unease."

Now, in the wake of Gibraltar’s provocative move, a spokesman at Spain’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Spain's Ambassador to the UN will refer the sovereignty dispute to the UN Decolonization Committee on Friday to call for negotiations with Britain on the future of the roughly seven square-kilometer area.

"Spain will reiterate its position and talk about the how the situation has been developing in recent months," the spokesman told The Daily Telegrah.

"We will ask the UK to engage in conversation over sovereignty.”
This comes as a source at the ministry also underlined Spain’s outrage about the Queen’s image move.

"We don't approve of what was obviously a symbolic show of sovereignty during a time when we should be working towards solving problems," the source said.

Britain invaded and captured Gibraltar in 1704 and Spain ceded its sovereignty to Britain nine years later as part of the treaty of Utrecht, yet the details of the treaty are a point of contention for both sides.

The UN Special Committee on Decolonization lists the name of the area alongside other British colonies, including Las Malvinas (Falklands) that should be decolonized.


Diane Abbot (British MP): Anglos love playing divide and rule
David Cameron (British PM): Anglos caused most of the world's problems!

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Post time 2012-6-15 07:31:57 |Display all floors
There is no sovereignty question over Gibraltar.

Britain has legal and moral sovereignty, there's the treaty which ceded Gibraltar in perpetuity.
There's at least two referenda which overwhelmingly confirmed the desire of the Gibraltans to remain British.

The people of Gibraltar are not all ethnically anglo-saxon, either. They consist of a mix of ethnic groups including Arab, anglo-saxon and a large number whose origins are the Iberian peninsula, the native ethnic group of the region.

As for the Falklands, well they were uninhabited at the time of discovery by the British who were the first to claim them in the late 1600's.
They no more belong to Argentina as does the moon.
"他不是救星, 他是一个非常淘气男孩" - Monty Python

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Post time 2012-6-15 07:34:54 |Display all floors
Could this possibly be a distraction to take Spaniards minds off the current economic malaise in which Spain finds itself...very similar to Argentina vs the UK over the Falklands in 1981/81.

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Post time 2012-6-15 07:46:21 |Display all floors
Both Gibaltar and the Falklands should be return to their original owners.
I suggest Spain should use force to retake the rock.
It is an insult to the Spaniards that their natural route to the African continent be barred by the Anglos illegally camping there the past 300 years..

As for the Falklands, the Argentinia should declare their rights to retake the islands by force.
We should invite Argentina into the Shanghai Cooporation Organization.

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Post time 2012-6-15 16:41:02 |Display all floors
exportedkiwi Post time: 2012-6-15 09:34
Could this possibly be a distraction to take Spaniards minds off the current economic malaise in whi ...

Spot on !
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Post time 2012-6-15 16:44:28 |Display all floors
rot Post time: 2012-6-15 09:46
Both Gibaltar and the Falklands should be return to their original owners.
I suggest Spain should us ...

There's a problem with that for Argentina.

The original owners of the Falklands, the first to discover and claim the islands, were in fact, the British.

As for Gibraltar, well there's a treaty which ceded Gibraltar to Britain.

Spain occupies a number of north African colonies or enclaves, and has no intention of giving them up.
As for a "route to north Africa", there are plenty of places on Spain's coast which are just as close, if not closer.

You might, if you didn't simply talk rot, Rot, turn your attention to getting China to return lands to their original inhabitants !
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Post time 2012-6-15 17:56:08 |Display all floors
rot Post time: 2012-6-15 07:46
Both Gibaltar and the Falklands should be return to their original owners.
I suggest Spain should us ...

Spain use force ?  hahaha

They haven't got a pot to piss in right now  

You correctly named the islands the Falklands.
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