Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Spain Trying to Retake Gibraltar Via The UN
Just bigger than two and a half miles, the city is home to around 30,000 people, who are considered British citizens.
Spain gave the strategic location to England in the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht, but lately has decided they really want the place back.
In recent years, arguments over fishing rights have arisen, and Spain has expressed anger over new tax laws that Gibraltar started using.
But on Tuesday night the city held celebrations that were part of Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
During the celebration a giant image of the Queen and a Union Jack were projected onto the face of The Rock of Gibraltar.
The image was very visible in bordering Spain, and the Spanish are responding by taking their attempts to claim the city to the UN.
The UN is unlikely to aid Spain in the matter, but it shows an almost desperate air in the Spanish attitude.
Spain is not the only country trying to take British territory.
Argentina has been trying to threaten it's way into taking the Falkland Islands from the United Kingdom.
Thirty years ago the two fought a war over the islands, after Argentina invaded and occupied them.