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Governor of Gibraltar laments 'deeply frustrating' challenges to Rock's sovereignty in 2012 Christmas message

Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Sir Adrian Johns, Governor of GibraltarIn what he describes as "almost certainly" his final Christmas message in the post, the Governor of Gibraltar Sir Adrian Johns has recalled the joyous events of 2012 including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Royal visit to the Rock and addressed the challenges to Gibraltarian sovereignty by Spain which he called “deeply frustrating”.

He said:

There have been so many good things to celebrate in this Diamond Jubilee year but it is deeply frustrating that at the same time we have had to deal with so many challenges to our sovereignty from our Spanish neighbours. Illegal fishing activity and incursions into our waters by Spanish state vessels have been a persistent theme through most of the year and have made heavy demands on our security and law enforcement agencies. The main burden has fallen on the shoulders of those at the operational end who have had to handle and are still handling incidents on the water and I pay tribute to the manner in which they have conducted their duties.

On the royal visit of their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex in June:

The Royal couple were a joy to host and they so clearly relished every moment of their time in Gibraltar showing a real desire to meet and speak with as many people as possible. And the Royal visit couldn’t have come at a better time for Gibraltar to reaffirm our sovereignty and our loyalty to the Queen in the most high profile, public manner. The sheer passion of Gibraltar’s demonstration of its British sovereignty seemed to me to speak as loudly as any referendum.

Full text of the Governor of Gibraltar’s Christmas message can be read here.

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