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Frenemies on the brink: Britain, Spain renew rocky dispute over Gibraltar
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Argentina, which calls the islands the Malvinas, insists the Falklands are part of its territory, although the islanders have voted repeatedly to continue as part of Britain.
A spokesman for the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation sees a common cause with Argentina.
“There are common elements in the issue of Malvinas and Gibraltar and elements that are more distant,” he said without specifying the differences.
“They are possibilities. No decision has been taken,” the spokesman said.
Disputes between Britain and Spain over the status of Gibraltar have flared up periodically ever since. In 1969, after another referendum and a constitutional conference underlined Gibraltar’s rejection of all Spanish claims, fascist dictator Francisco Franco sealed the border completely and downgraded other ties to Britain.
More recently, Gibraltar overcame decades of Spanish vetoes to become a member of European soccer’s principal governing body, though it still can’t join the world body and compete in the World Cup because it is not a sovereign nation. After the May vote, however, Michel Platini, president of the Union of European Football Associations, said Gibraltar’s and Spain’s teams would be kept apart in the draw and not play each other in the next European championship.
• This article is based in part on wire service reports.
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