War: Britain warships to Gibraltar


Britain sends warships to Gibraltar as dispute with Spain continues

Britain is sending navy warships to Gibraltar amid growing tension between London and Madrid over the territory’s sovereignty…

According to reports, Royal Navy rapid-reaction force including aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and two frigates will sail for the Mediterranean on Monday, August 12 for a four-month deployment after a diplomatic row with neighboring Spain over the territory heated up.

British Ministry of Defence (MoD), however, claimed the deployment was long-planned and not connected to recent tensions between the two countries.

“Gibraltar is a strategic base for UK Defence and as such Royal Navy ships visit its waters throughout the year as part of a range of regular and routine deployments,” an MoD spokesperson said.

The deployment of warships in Gibraltar follows weeks of rising tension after Spanish border officers caused delays of up to six hours for cars trying to enter Spain, carrying out searches on vehicles.

The move drew an angry reaction from London and British Foreign Office formally protested to Spain’s ambassador to London over the matter.

Tensions between Spain and Gibraltar flared up last month when the Rock’s authorities announced plan for creating an artificial reef for fish and boats began dumping concrete blocks into the sea. On other side of the border, Spanish authorities said the reef would block its fishing boats.

Gibraltar was occupied by Britain in 1713 and has been since a bone of contention between Madrid and London.

The United Nations (UN) lists the strategic 6.8-kilometer area that overlooks the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean as a territory waiting to be decolonized.




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One Response to War: Britain warships to Gibraltar

  1. kruitvat says:

    As Cameron warns Gibraltar over border, he tells Spain: We’re sending a fleet

    9 August 2013

    A fleet of British warships will visit Gibraltar this month in what Prime Minister David Cameron calls a “routine deployment”, amid escalating tensions between the UK and Spain over access to the island.

    The Ministry of Defence confirmed that the frigate HMS Westminster and two auxiliary Royal Navy ships will be sent to the Rock, while another three warships will visit Spanish ports.

    They will be accompanied by an elite commando group from the Royal Marines and naval air squadrons. The MoD says the deployment is “long-planned” and not connected to political disagreements, which began following discussions in Madrid over the imposition of a €50 (£43) fee on every vehicle entering or leaving the island via the Spanish border.

    Spain has started running lengthy passport and customs checks on departures and arrivals, while also accusing the authorities in Gibraltar of damaging fishing grounds by building an artificial reef.

    Meanwhile Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, has likened the Spanish behaviour to something from the Franco era or the regime in North Korea.

    But a Downing Street source said David Cameron and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy discussed the naval deployment in a 15-minute phone conversation on Wednesday.

    The training exercise named Cougar 13 seeks to hone the skills of the UK’s response force task group, the MoD said. It is in its third year.

    A spokesman said: “The Royal Navy’s annual Cougar deployment is long-planned and well-established.

    “Gibraltar is a strategic base for UK Defence and as such Royal Navy ships visit its waters throughout the year as part of a range of regular and routine deployments.”

    Mr Cameron also reportedly told Mr Rajoy the border checks were “not acceptable” in a conversation described as “constructive”, but a statement issued by the Spanish government made no reference to any such concession and insisted procedures at the frontier were proportionate.

    Foreign Secretary William Hague and Spanish foreign minister Jose Garcia-Margallo are expected to discuss the next steps in resolving the dispute. The European Commission said that as Gibraltar, like the UK, was not part of the Schengen open borders agreement, “checks on persons can be carried out at its border with Spain”.

    A spokesman said customs checks were also allowed which “may include inspecting means of transport, luggage and other goods carried by or on persons”. He added that: “These controls must, however, remain proportionate.”

    Spain claims sovereignty over the Rock, which stands on the southernmost tip of the Iberian peninsula but has been a British Overseas Territory since the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. The UK Government has made clear that it will not negotiate over sovereignty as long as Gibraltar’s people want to remain British.


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