4th Committee of UN General Assembly adopts Decision on Gibraltar by consensus

The Government of Spain welcomes the approval by consensus on Tuesday, 8 November, of a Decision on the issue of Gibraltar presented by the Chairman of the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly.

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This Decision urges Spain and the United Kingdom to reach a definitive solution within the framework of the 1984 Brussels Declaration and in view of the corresponding resolutions and principles applicable to the UN General Assembly. It should be recalled that these resolutions comprise the United Nations doctrine on Gibraltar, which considers this territory to be a colony and which points out that this colonial situation infringes on Spain’s territorial integrity.

Moreover, the Assembly takes note of the proposal presented by Spain on shared sovereignty with the United Kingdom. This proposal was formally made in a speech on 4 October at a session of the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, and is framed within the new reality of ‘Brexit’ and seeks to not only present Spain’s historical claim but also to enhance the socio-economic welfare of the region and, in particular, of those thousands of workers who cross the border every day to go to work, as well as those whose businesses depend on this workforce.

This text once again reaffirms the position that Spain has traditionally advocated on Gibraltar at all international and regional forums.

This 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly is entrusted with all issues relating to the de-colonisation of Non-Self-Governing Territories, which underscores the colonial nature of Gibraltar.