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Wednesday, 31 October, 2001, 08:20 GMT
Gibraltar will not attend new talks
Gibraltar says it will not take part in talks due to be held in Barcelona next month on the future of the colony.

The talks follow reports of intensive discussions between Britain and Spain in recent weeks.

Gibraltar says that attempts to pressurise it over the issue of sovereignty are unacceptable.

Britain took control of Gibraltar in 1704, and was ceded sovereignty by the treaty of Utrecht in 1713.

But it has been a constant point of dispute between the two countries since then, with Spain demanding that the colony be returned to Spanish sovereignty.

Britain has repeated its policy that there can be no change in the status of the colony without the consent of the 30,000 residents.

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