Foreign Ministry concerned over Gibraltar coast guards

Officials express doubts over British territory's plans to patrol waters King Juan Carlos to travel to Algeciras amid ongoing fishing row

Spanish Foreign Ministry officials are expressing concern over Gibraltar's plans to create its own coast guard agency to patrol waters that Spain does not recognize as part of the British territory.

Lawmakers in Gibraltar last November passed the Borders and Coast Guard Agency Act, which establishes, among other things, the new law enforcement body.

Since last month, Spanish fishermen have been playing a cat-and-mouse game with the British Royal Navy as they try to trawl in waters Gibraltar claims as its own. The Civil Guard has had to intervene and escort the trawlers to prevent any confrontation. King Juan Carlos will travel to Algeciras today to meet with the Civil Guard.

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