The Balearic government has given their full support to the action being undertaken by the United States in their campaign against Afghanistan. Balearic leader Francesc Antich has been most vocal on this front. But I hope he realises that one of the ships which is playing a key role in the war on terrorism is the U.S. George Washington. Now Antich and his government were openly opposed to the Washington when it was moored in Palma. The leader of the local government wrote to Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar saying, in no uncertain terms, that the Balearics didn't want nuclear warships docking in port. Members of Antich's cabinet even took part in the so-called peace flotilla which sailed out into the Bay of Palma, when the Washington left port. I sincerely hope that when the aircraft carrier returns from operations its crew and the vessel will receive a warmer welcome. The damage this incident caused now means that a fewer number of American warships are visiting the port of Palma. Naturally, at the moment a sizeable number are involved in operations in the Gulf region. Thankfully, the United States has warships of the capability of the George Washington. Without vessels of this type the war which is being raged at the moment would have been almost impossible. Spain, as a member of NATO, is also very much involved in operations and Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar has even offered troops. If the Balearics wants to show its solidarity then it should make sure that the crews of U.S. warships get a warm welcome when they visit Palma because in our own way we will be doing our bit.