• Short Summary

    King Juan Carlos of Spain has begun a long-delayed visit to Morocco that observers say puts him in the front line of a simmering dispute between the two countries over the Western Sahara guerrilla war.

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    King Juan Carlos of Spain has begun a long-delayed visit to Morocco that observers say puts him in the front line of a simmering dispute between the two countries over the Western Sahara guerrilla war.

    SYNOPSIS: King Juan Carlos arrived with his wife Queen Sofia at the ancient mountain city of Fez on Thursday (14 June). King Hassan of Morocco was waiting to greet him at the start of his three-day trip. King Carlos' visit had been postponed three times since last summer -- apparently because of Moroccan doubts over Spanish policy.

    The two kings received a warm welcome from the people of Fez. But in private talks King Hassan is expected to try to persuade King Carlos to sue his influence to halt what Morocco sees as a drift in Spanish Policy away from Morocco and towards Algeria.

    Their differences centre on the problem of the Western Sahara. Formerly a Spanish colony, the territory was ceded to Morocco and Mauritania in 1976, but since then Algerian-backed Polisario guerrillas have been waging an independence war. The Spanish government has recognised the Polisario Front and called for self-determination in the Sahara.

    After the arrival ceremonies the two kings, Queen Sofia and members of the Moroccan royal family met at the Royal palace in Fez. Morocco insists that the Polisario guerrillas are Algerian puppets, but the official Moroccan news agency, MAP, said Morocco and Spanish would surmount obstacles and achieve good relations
    ..."with a little lucidity and clear-sightedness".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5VKQSMQ14GAT2FRJ13TYPIQKS
    Media URN:
    VLVA5VKQSMQ14GAT2FRJ13TYPIQKS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/06/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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