• Short Summary

    IT WAS REPORTED IN MADRID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT SPAIN HAD NOTIFIED THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION IN MONTREAL, CANADA, OF ITS DECISION TO BAN AIR TRAFFIC IN THE ALGECIRAS ZONE BORDERING GIBRALTAR.

  • Description

    IT WAS REPORTED IN MADRID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT SPAIN HAD NOTIFIED THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION IN MONTREAL, CANADA, OF ITS DECISION TO BAN AIR TRAFFIC IN THE ALGECIRAS ZONE BORDERING GIBRALTAR. THE MOVE THREATENS TO STOP OR HINDER CIVIL AIRLINERS FLYING FROM BRITAIN TO GIBRALTAR AND COULD IMPOSE A NEW ECONOMIC SQUEEZE ON THE BRITISH COLONY WHICH THE SPANISH ARE CLAIMING TO BE PART OF SPAIN.

    THE SPANISH MEASURE, EXPECTED TO COME INTO FORCE IN ABOUT A MONTH, WAS ANNOUNCED AS A SECURITY MEASURES FOLLOWING REPEATED SPANISH PROTESTS THAT BRITISH MILITARY AIRCRAFT USING CIVIL AIRLINERS FLYING IN AND OUT OF GIBRALTAR WOULD FACE THE SAME DIFFICULTIES OF OPERATION AS MILITARY PLANES.

    LAST OCTOBER, SPAIN CLOSED HER PERMANENT CUSTOMS POST AT LA LINEA, THE ONLY LAND LINK BETWEEN SPAIN AND GIBRALTAR, AND THUS SHUT THE FRONTIER TO VEHICLES AND MERCHANDISE. GIBRALTARIANS HAVE BEEN PLANNING TO BUILD UP THEIR ECONOMY BY ATTRACTING BRITISH AIR TOURISTS. THE SPANISH MOVE IS SEEN AS WARNING TO GIBRALTAR THAT ITS FUTURE DEPENDS ON COMING TO TERMS WITH SPAIN.

    TI'S THOUGHT THAT IT MIGHT STILL BE POSSIBLE FOR CIVIL AIRLINERS TO LAND AT GIBRALTAR WITHOUT INFRINGING SPANISH AIRSPACE, BUT ONLY WITH CONSIDERABLE DIFFICULTY. THE ZONE IS BOUNDED BY A LONG STRETCH OF ANDALUSIAN COASTLINE ON BOTH SIDES OF GIBRALTAR AND EXTENDS INLAND TO PUNTO DE HOYO AND CASARES. IT ALSO INCLUDES SPANISH TERRITORIAL WATERS.

    BRITISH EUROPEAN AIRWAYS (B.E.A.) RUNS FLIGHTS TO GIBRALTAR UNDER THE TERMS OF AN ANGLO-SPANISH CIVIL AVIATION AGREEMENT, AND WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER IT IS POSSIBLE TO CONTINUE THEM WHEN THE NEW MEASURES COME INTO EFFECT. AS A RESULT OF SPAIN'S ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MEASURES, BRITAIN CALLED OFF TALKS WITH SPAIN ON ITS CLAIM THAT GIBRALTAR IS PART OF SPANISH TERRITORY.

    UNLESS THE TALKS RESUME; SPAIN IS EXPECTED TO APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS, WHICH LAST DECEMBER PASSED A RESOLUTION REQUESTING BRITAIN TO "EXPEDITE THE DECOLONISATION" OF GIBRALTAR - OR "THE ROCK" AS IT'S MORE POPULARLY KNOWN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA30B5YCBD70CEDCK6FJIJRRW2F
    Media URN:
    VLVA30B5YCBD70CEDCK6FJIJRRW2F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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