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Spanish politicians call for better relations with Gibraltar
• Spain's foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo
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SPANISH politicians have urged the government to improve relations with Gibraltar after claiming the relationship has deteriorated under Mariano Rajoy.
PSOE party members have tabled a motion in the Andalucian parliament urging Madrid to restart trilateral talks between the UK, Spain and Gibraltar.
They claim the current breakdown in talks and ill-feeling over the issue of sovereignty is having a negative effect on Spanish nationals working on the Rock.
“The Spanish Government concentrates all its efforts on highlighting everything that sets us apart from the Gibraltarians, rather than valuing everything that unites us,” the motion states.
It follows recent comments by Spain’s foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo (above) in which he refused to hold talks with Gibraltar’s government.
“Cooperation and dialogue are good as long as they are done on dignified and equitable terms,” said Garcia-Margallo.
“On sovereignty issues, Spain and the United Kingdom do the talking. On other issues, Madrid and London also do the talking, if that is considered convenient.”
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