JOSE Manuel García Margallo, the Spanish Foreign Minister, giving a speech to the United Nations General Assembly took the opportunity to include a call for the resumption of bilateral talks with the UK over Gibraltar.
He described Gibraltar as the last colony in Europe and said his government wanted to discuss its decolonisation bilaterally with Britain, in accordance with past UN resolutions and the 1984 Brussels Agreement.
Mr Margallo also mentioned the principle of territorial integrity, saying this was essential to guarantee peace. Although his observation could well be taken as a reference to the Catalonian independence ‘vote’, the territorial integrity argument has also been used by Spain to justify its sovereignty claim over Gibraltar.
Interestingly, the same rationale does not appear to be used with regards to Ceuta and Melilla, both of which are governed by Spain and are situated within North Africa.