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.
GV King Juan Carlos of Spain arriving with Queen Sofia at airport and greeted by King Hassan of Morocco
GV AND SV Two kings walking past guard of honour
GV Crowd cheers as motorcade passes in Fez ( 2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Two kings standing in open car and crowd cheering ( 2 shots)
SV Saluting the colours ceremony and crowd with posters (2 shots)
SV Two kings meeting crowd ( 2 shots)
GV Motorcade leaving Fez
SV PAN Two kings and Moroccan Crown Prince Sidi Mohammed, followed by Queen Sofia and Moroccan Princess
SV PAN INTERIOR Two kings and other royals
CU King Hassan speaking to King Carlos
SV Royal group talking
Spain and Morocco have strong economic ties, but recently there has also been friction between them over Moroccan seizures of Spanish trawlers and its plans to extend it fishing zone into traditional Spanish grounds.
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Background: 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".