The government is seriously concerned about the latest Spanish incursions, especially the one involving the Spanish warship "Infanta Cristina" which has sailed again into British waters claiming they are Spanish. There were several attempts over last weekend by Guardia Civil to exercise jurisdiction over Gibraltarian pleasure craft inside British Gibraltar Territorial Waters (BGTW). The government said these actions by official Spanish vessels are illegal and contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), adding that it understood that the Guardia Civil suspected that the occupants of the pleasure craft had been fishing for tuna in Spanish waters.
The Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) continues to investigate the events surrounding these illegal interferences with Gibraltarians' right to peacefully and legally enjoy the waters around Gibraltar. An RGP spokesman said allegations of fishing in Spanish waters in no way condone the behaviour of the Spanish agents who should have contacted the RGP for assistance, through the established Mutual Legal Assistance cooperation frameworks, instead of trying to take the law into their own hands in an area of sea where Spain has absolutely no jurisdiction, no right to seek to exercise control and zero sovereignty.