Joint Press Release
The Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw and the Spanish
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Excmo Sr Josep Pique i Camps, met
in London on 26 July to relaunch talks about Gibraltar.
The Ministers met under the terms of the Brussels
Declaration made in the joint communique issue in November 1984.
In the spirit of the good relations existing between the UK and
Spain, both Ministers underlined their intention and political
will to overcome all their differences over Gibraltar, and to
make every effort to bring these talks to a successful and speedy
conclusion to the benefit of all parties involved. Both sides
discussed their approach to the practical issues of co-operation
They confirmed that Gibraltarian engagement
will be an important element in carrying this process forward,
and would welcome the attendance of the Chief Minister of Gibraltar
at future and Ministerial meetings.
It was agreed to hold further meetings, including
a further Ministerial meeting in the Autumn to take forward the
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
26th July 2001