A NEW forum has been agreed that will allow Madrid, London and Gibraltar to debate the ongoing contentious issue of Gibraltar.
It is expected that the forum will be conducted on neutral grounds – more than likely held at EU headquarters in Brussels – and could even happen as soon as the end of this month.
Matters up for discussion will include the delays at the border by Spanish security forces, the fishing conflict, the landfill being used to extend the Rock and the issue of contraband cigarettes.
In 2012, Spain rejected a proposed debate with the UK and Gibraltar, arguing that Gibraltar does not have the status of a state. However an agreement is believed to have been reached according to diplomatic sources and is likely to go ahead.
It’s reported that details of the forum are currently being finalised before it will be presented to the United Nations General Assembly which has already called for a “definitive solution” to the dispute.