Corncern by NATO over the continuing dangerous harrassment of merchant shipping in Gibraltar waters has been expressed in the strongest terms to Madrid and the EU by US representatives today.
"The Spanish ships are ignoring Maritime conventions and strictly speaking could invoke a severe response at any time" said an international expert.
"The ships claim to be on often fictional and unfeasible journeys. One recently stopped claimed to be looking for Bin Laden reportedly hiding out in an underwater Al Queda base 500 metres off Gibraltar, while another was reportedly looking for Manuel's pet rat out of Fawlty Towers. The Gibraltar Border harassment is so one sided that it cannot even be described as a dispute", said a Maritime official this morning.