ILLICIT TRAFFICKING ON THE HIGH SEAS (5382/02,
Letter from Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP,
Paymaster General, HM Treasury to the Chairman
In my letter of 30 June 2004
I provided you with an update regarding an initiative by Spain
relating to the boarding and seizure of vessels on the high seas.
The proposal, first proposed by Spain in February
2002, has made no progress. Successive Presidencies have not tabled
the issue for discussion, so the proposal remains extant.
The Government's view remains unchanged that
because of the legal and constitutional problems the best outcome
would be the withdrawal of the proposal. Only the Spanish, however,
can withdraw the proposal and despite discussion with them they
are reluctant to do so. We will continue to informally press them
to withdraw the proposal but, without their agreement, there is
little else we can do.
24 July 2006
162 Correspondence with Ministers, 4th Report of Session
2005-06, HL Paper 16, p 259. Back