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A Stone in Spain's ShoeThe Search for a Solution to the Problem of Gibraltar$
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Peter Gold

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232094

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317262

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The Lisbon Agreement

The Lisbon Agreement

July 1979–April 1980

(p.20) Three The Lisbon Agreement
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the Lisbon Agreement. British Foreign Minister, Lord Carrington and the Spanish Foreign Minister, Marcelino Oreja, met in Lisbon on 10 April 1980 at a Council of Europe meeting. Their discussions resulted in the declaration known as the Lisbon Agreement. The six points of the Agreement were that the British and Spanish Governments agreed to resolve the problem of Gibraltar, to start negotiations ‘in order to resolve all their differences’, and to re–establish direct communications in the region. They also agreed that future co–operation should be ‘on the basis of reciprocity and full equality of rights’. In addition the Spanish Government, while reaffirming its position regarding the re–establishment of Spain's territorial integrity, agreed to ensure that the interests of the Gibraltarians would be safeguarded, while the British Government would maintain its commitment to respect the freely and democratically expressed wishes of the Gibraltarians.

Keywords:   negotiations, declaration, Lisbon Agreement, reciprocity, equality of rights, territorial integrity

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