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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 Border Remains Closed

The Border Remains Closed

June-October 1982

(p.59) Seven The Border Remains Closed
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the delay in renewed talks between Britain and Spain, as well as the reopening of the border between Spain and Gibraltar, both of which were scheduled for 25 June 1982. Foreign Ministers Pym and Perez–Llorca met in Luxembourg on 21 June as part of the negotiations relating to Spain's membership in the EC. By then it was clear that Spain had been pressing London to agree that the communique after the Sintra talks should include an indication that the question of sovereignty had been discussed and that a timetable had been set for negotiations. A Spanish note sent to the Foreign Office about the Sintra talks suggested a new treaty to replace that of Utrecht, which would guarantee and safeguard all the legitimate interests and the well–being of the inhabitants of Gibraltar, but re–establish Spain's territorial integrity. However, given the climate of the day, Britain was unwilling to agree to this, and the Spanish Government decided to postpone the talks without setting a new date and to keep the frontier closed.

Keywords:   border, sovereignty, territorial integrity, Sintra talks

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