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Gibraltar could open waters to Spanish fishermen by October: Report

Published on Aug 23, 2013 7:25 PM

MADRID (REUTERS) - British overseas territory Gibraltar could open its waters to Spanish fishermen again by October, its chief minister was cited as saying on Friday, potentially offering a means to resolve a recent spat with Spain which lays claim to the rocky outpost.

Madrid reacted furiously when Gibraltar built an artificial reef in contested waters using concrete blocks and restricted access to Spanish fishermen in July.

In retaliation, Spain imposed tighter controls at its border with Gibraltar, causing long tailbacks and has threatened further action. This prompted angry words from British officials.

"As an act of good faith... I will propose that parliament introduces a change in the law so that the 59 boats can fish again based on their historical fishing practices," Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo told Spanish newspaper El Mundo in an interview published on Friday.

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