PRESS RELEASE 229
Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs holds conversations with British Minister for Europe on Gibraltar
06/10/2014

​Early this afternoon, Gonzalo de Benito, the Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and David Lidington, the British Minister for Europe, spoke about the recent activities of the ocean research vessel “Ángeles Alvariño”. Gonzalo de Benito took the opportunity to convey Spain’s firm position on this issue, which can be summarised as follows:

 The ocean research vessel was performing its assigned duties. More specifically, it was carrying out an environmental research mission within a Special Area of Conservation (SCI-SAC “Eastern Strait”) recognised by the European Union.

 Spain does not accept any other rights or situations claimed by the United Kingdom as regards the maritime zones around Gibraltar that are not established in Article 10 of the Treaty of Utrecht. Therefore, the adjacent waters are Spanish. That which the United Kingdom describes as “illegal incursions” into what it refers to as “British territorial waters” are simply routine activities by Spanish vessels in Spanish waters.

 Spain has no doubts whatsoever about the limits of its territory and therefore, as in the case under discussion, Spanish vessels will continue to perform their duties in Spanish waters by completing the tasks assigned to them, as they have done since time immemorial.

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