Spain denies Gibraltar Falklands accord
AFP · 28 Sep 2013, 13:08
Published: 28 Sep 2013 13:08 GMT+02:00
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But Argentina and Spain claim sovereignty over them, respectively.
Buenos Aires announced that the two countries had agreed to work together on their respective disputes with Britain.
Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo pointed to "coincidences" in the sovereignty disputes, namely that "the solution to the conflicts must come through bilateral discussions or talks between Great Britain and Argentina and between Great Britain and Spain."
But "there has been some misunderstanding," Garcia-Margallo added, making it clear that the parallels do not mean that the parties support all measures taken by each government.
Still, he added, "Spain, and I'm sure Argentina too, are willing to play all their cards on the international stage to continue defending their legitimate demands."
Spain has been struggling for decades to recover Gibraltar, the rocky and strategic promontory that overseas the gateway into the Mediterranean from the Atlantic. Spain ceded it to Britain in 1713.
London says it will not do so against the wishes of Gibraltarians, who are staunchly pro-British.
Argentina and Britain fought a brief but costly war over the Falklands in 1982, which Buenos Aires lost. The fighting left 649 Argentines and 255 Britons dead.