British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, began a twenty-eight hour visit to Spain on Monday (27 November) for talks on the dispute over Gibraltar.
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Background: British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, began a twenty-eight hour visit to Spain on Monday (27 November) for talks on the dispute over Gibraltar. Once again, political observers expected no solution to the long-standing dispute.
It was the fourth round of talks this year between Sir Alec and Spanish leaders on the Gibraltar problem. Spain has been insisting that Britain hand back sovereignty over the small colony, which adjoins Spain and juts into the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. Britain has reiterated that the wishes of twenty-five thousand Gibraltarians are of major importance.
Both sides described the talks between Sir Alec and Spanish Foreign Minister, Gregorio Lopez Bravo, as exploratory and non-committal. Another aspect of the talks between the two was expected to be economic matters. Anglo-Spanish trade is booming but Spain reportedly fears that Britain's entry into the Common Market may upset the present trend.
The first talks this year between Sir Alec and the Spanish Foreign Minister were in Madrid in February, the second in London in July and the third at the United Nations in September.