The Chief Minister of Gibraltar said on Thursday his government would allow a British nuclear submarine to undergo repairs in the colony, dismissing protesters' concerns about safety. Peter Caruana's decision ended months of official wrangling over what to do with HMS Tireless which was towed to Gibraltar off Spain's southern coast four months ago after leaking water from the cooling system of its nuclear reactor. The reactor was shut down. Environmentalists have called a protest for later yesterday in a nearby town in Spain. Britain's Ministry of Defence wanted to repair the vessel in Gibraltar, but environmentalists and politicians from nearby Spanish cities have demanded the Tireless be taken away, claiming it posed a health and safety threat to 300'000 people in the areain Gibraltar and in Spain.

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