The PDP notes with regret, that despite strongly worded protest from the Government and the Governor which translate into foreign office diplomatic protests, incursions into our sovereign waters persist and are escalating.
More alarming, matters have now escalated to a level that commercial activity has now been the subject of interruption in yesterday’s incursion. The PDP urges the Government not to underestimate the significance of this development. It marks a threat to one of Gibraltar’s economic pillars, namely port activity, bunkering and other related sea going business.
In a recent Viewpoint programme in which the PDP leader Nick Cruz, Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and GSD leader Peter Caruana took part, Mr Cruz predicted that if the issue was not nipped in the bud by the Government this development was likely to follow. All three leaders agreed that under our constitution the Governor was responsible for defence and the RGP for policing British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.
Gilbert Licudi QC, Minister with responsibility for Financial Services has signed a Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA) with the Republic of Poland. The signing took place in London at the Polish Embassy and the Republic of Poland was represented by Mr Witold Sobkow, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland in the United Kingdom. Mr Sobkow was, inter alia, previously Poland’s Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.
Following the signing, Gilbert Licudi and the Ambassador took the opportunity of discussing economic and commercial matters of mutual interest. Mr Licudi also took the opportunity to comment that “The timing of the signature coincided this year with the 70th anniversary of General Sikorski’s untimely death in Gibraltar.”