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Gibraltar opposition says things would change if the PP governed in Spain

Bay_from_algeciras (Agencies) According to the GSLP/Liberals opposition in Gibraltar, the new climate of cooperation emanating from the Tripartite Forum would change very quickly if the Partido Popular were to govern in Madrid.>PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ITEMS SUCH AS THIS MAY BE SUBJECT TO SUBSCRIPTION IN THE FUTURE but you can make a donation NOW, too! Please click here for more information on how to help us continue. (This item was not translated, but researched and written.)

A statement issued by the Rock’s opposition is in reaction to statements made recently by Cádiz Deputy José Ignacio Landaluce (PP), as well as an expression of support for the Europe India Gateway underwater cable telecommunications system announced a few days ago by Government. In his statements, Landaluce called the cable “an invasion of Spain·, whereas the GSLP/Liberals see it as “not controlled by Spain.”

According to the The Gibraltar Chronicle, an Opposition spokesman said: “We fully support Gibraltar’s participation in the Europe India Gateway project which involves the laying of a fibre-optic cable from the United Kingdom to India.”

The Chronicle article continues: “The commercial investment to be made from Gibraltar, through Gibtelecom, is expected to be about $30m, a total of 13 countries are to be connected to it and no Spanish telecommunications company is involved. Gibraltar expects to be connected to this cable in the first half of 2010. The move is expected to increase the bandwidth available to Gibraltar and to open a new route for telecommunications which is not dependent on Spain.

“Indeed the frequent and virulent outbursts of Mr Landaluce and his colleagues should serve as a warning that Gibraltar must never place Spain in a position where any Spanish Government can control and strangle our essential services now or at any point in the future.”

In another statement issued yesterday in Algeciras, Landaluce criticized “the interference of Gibraltar mobile phone operators in Spain” and said he would be asking the [Spanish] government if is “aware of this fact.”

His statement went on to say that “unless one has ‘roaming’, a phone call made close to the border [on the Spanish side] would be charged as an international call.

This latest is one of many recent criticisms by the PP Deputy, who has charged against the Royal Gibraltar Police for telling Guardia Civil vessels to “leave”, as well as a appeal against the PCI decision taken by the European Commission regarding waters surrounding the Rock. (See related JimenaPulse items here.)

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