Gibraltar in the waters of the Bay.

In this Euro-African or Afro-European Strait of Gibraltar, Gibraltar is present every day. Whether it's due to the economic impact it has on the entire area, the anachronism it represents, or the majestic image of the Rock, visible from almost anywhere, Gibraltar is a constant, much like the constants used in Physics. This is not the case for the other populations that overlook the Bay of Algeciras, whose lives unfold with occasional disturbances typical of the region. The case of Gibraltar can be defined as an "anomaly," an "anachronism," an "incoherence," and this constantly thrusts it into the media spotlight. Topics like decolonization, post-Brexit agreements, negotiations, sovereignty, they fill the headlines, one after another, along with disputes over drug trafficking, smuggling, cross-border workers, illegal bunkering, pollution, territorial waters, clashes with fishermen, with the Civil Guard... In short, a litany of many mysteries that one must virtually pray about day in and day out. And from the Rock, much of this sounds like a "Siege," as any attempt to reach an agreement is seen as a loss of the "status quo" that has always favored the people of Gibraltar and especially the wealthy in Gibraltar - who also exist. Recently, the issue of jurisdictional waters has resurfaced, without everyone yet understanding that the key to all of this is to combine every aspect with the first-person plural "WE." And this person allows us to become aware of "OUR." When the people living in the Bay realize that the waters, the air, the light... belong to them equally, the concept of a "SHARED PROSPERITY ZONE" as defined by the agreement signed on December 31, 2020, between Spain and the UK, the basis for a future agreement between the European Union and the UK regarding Gibraltar, which will culminate in the creation of a shared prosperity zone between Gibraltar and the Campo de Gibraltar region, will begin to make sense. This generation has the responsibility to definitively overcome the incoherences of these 311 years generated by the signing of the Treaty of Utrecht, bringing the tangled history of disagreements between the UK and Spain to an end. Talks between both parties seem stuck, although they are said to be suspended, and the recent invocation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea by the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, who states: "It stipulates that no territory can have a dry coast, which means that sovereignty cannot end at the coastline and must extend to the surrounding waters." Anyone invoking the United Nations regarding Gibraltar must follow the thread invoked, as this is the only way to unravel this intentionally created mess by those in the UK who have been escalating it for years. For those who wish to delve into this matter, it is recommended to start with the Treaty of Utrecht, signed on July 13, 1713, which clearly states in Article X what Spain CEDES to the British Crown "the full and entire property of the town and castle of Gibraltar, together with its port, defenses, and fortifications belonging to it." More topics are covered in the treaty, such as the prohibition of land connection or, in the custom of that time, that the British Crown does not allow "Moors or Jews" to reside... Is the treaty of interest to anyone in Gibraltar? Does its literal interpretation serve to create that common space of prosperity? On the other hand, treaties serve if they are fulfilled, and as the actor Yul Brynner would say in the film "Land of the Pharaohs" - "So it is written, so it shall be done." But the Crown of the United Kingdom, the inheritor of what was signed in Utrecht, has not had, nor does it have, the will to fulfill what was agreed upon. In fact, it forcibly took other lands not ceded (the isthmus) and has been claiming another right not ceded over the waters surrounding the Rock. Along the path of the United Nations, Mr. Fabian Picardo will encounter several sources to draw from: Resolution 2070 of the XX United Nations General Assembly, approved on December 16, 1965, which invites the governments of Spain and the United Kingdom for the first time to commence discussions without delay on the sovereignty of Gibraltar. Resolution 2353 of the XXII United Nations General Assembly, approved on December 19, 1967, which establishes that any colonial situation that partially or wholly destroys the national unity and territorial integrity of a country is incompatible with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and specifically with paragraph 6 of General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV) on general decolonization. "6. Any attempt aimed at the partial or total disruption of the national unity and territorial integrity of a country is incompatible with the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter. Similarly, Mr. Picardo will encounter Resolution 2429 of the XXIII United Nations General Assembly, dated December 18, 1968, which urged the United Kingdom to put an end to the colonial situation of Gibraltar before October 1, 1969. The memory of the CLOSURE OF THE GATE still lingers in the collective memory, although fortunately circumstances have changed greatly. The people of Gibraltar and all those who live in the Bay obviously want to improve. And surely, that space of shared prosperity will be achieved, although those in power on the Rock know that no agreement negotiated by the UK and Spain can improve the "sweet deal" they currently enjoy. This explains why since the declaration of Lisbon - signed on April 10, 1980, which includes the commitment of both governments to resolve the Gibraltar issue in a spirit of friendship and in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations - no progress has been made. And from the Rock, those who do not want any agreement to be beneficial systematically attempt to sweep it under the rug, raising the issue of sovereignty, which is well reflected in the Brussels Declaration, signed on November 27, 1984. Because the basis of the new negotiating process includes sovereignty matters. In conclusion, it does not seem convenient to invoke the United Nations to facilitate a satisfactory agreement for all parties, as, in coherence with everything that has been agreed upon within it and what was ceded in Utrecht, simply the UK and Spain could settle the dispute. In this territory, which must look beyond, it is not possible to maintain a situation of socio-economic and political imbalance in the Bay of Algeciras. Only with a global perspective and considering the interests of all the people who inhabit the Bay can we reach a definitive agreement on a common prosperity zone that is hoped to last much longer than the 300 years of disagreements.