• Short Summary

    AS THE BRITISH AND SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTERS MET IN LONDON, ON WEDNESDAY (18 MAY), TO DISCUSS THE SPANISH CLAIM TO SOVEREIGNITY OVER GIBRALTAR, SOME 12,000 PEOPLE IN THE 350-YEAR-OLD BRITISH COLONY TOOK PART IN A RELIGIOUS PROCESSION AND PRAYED THAT THE OUTCOME OF THE TALKS WOULD BE IN THEIR FAVOUR.

  • Description

    AS THE BRITISH AND SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTERS MET IN LONDON, ON WEDNESDAY (18 MAY), TO DISCUSS THE SPANISH CLAIM TO SOVEREIGNITY OVER GIBRALTAR, SOME 12,000 PEOPLE IN THE 350-YEAR-OLD BRITISH COLONY TOOK PART IN A RELIGIOUS PROCESSION AND PRAYED THAT THE OUTCOME OF THE TALKS WOULD BE IN THEIR FAVOUR. GIBRALTAR'S POPULATION HAVE REMAINED STAUNCHLY IN FAVOUR OF RETAINING THEIR LINK WITH BRITAIN.

    THE 12,000 PEOPLE IN THE PROCESSION REPRESENTED ABOUT HALF OF GIBRALTAR'S POPULATION. THEY WALKED FROM ST. MARK'S ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL TO A SHRINE AT EUROPA POINT. THE ATMOSPHERE, ACCORDING TO REPORTS, WAS OUTWARDLY CALM, BUT THERE APPEARED TO BE A CERTAIN NERVOUSNESS ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THE TALKS IN LONDON.

    IN LONDON, THE SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTER, SENOR FERNANDO CASTIELLA, TOLD MR. MICHAEL STEWART, THE BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY, THAT SPAIN WANTED BRITAIN TO GIVE UP GIBRALTAR IN RETURN FOR THE RIGHT TO USE IT AS A MILITARY BASE, UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. HE ALSO SAID THAT SPAIN WOULD GUARANTEE THE RIGHTS OF THE PEOPLE OF GIBRALTAR, THOUGH HE SAID NOTHING OF THEIR DESCENDANTS.

    MR STEWART SAID THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WOULD STUDY THE PROPOSALS, BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, REJECTED THE CASE THAT SPAIN HAS ALREADY PUT FOR HER CLAIM TO THE COLONY. HE ALSO CALLED ON THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT TO REMOVE THE RESTRICTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THE GIBRALTAR FRONTIER.

    MR. CASTIELLA IS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO MADRID TOMORROW (SATURDAY).

    THE TALKS WILL NOW CONTINUE AT THE LEVEL OF OFFICIALS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8COSKGI2UMWCYROEP9NDRGWX4
    Media URN:
    VLVA8COSKGI2UMWCYROEP9NDRGWX4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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