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    Thousands of Moroccans left the central town of Ksar as Souk on Tuesday (21 October) on a 750 mile (1,200 kilometre) march designed to claim Moroccan sovereignty over the Spanish-held territory of western Sahara.

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    Thousands of Moroccans left the central town of Ksar as Souk on Tuesday (21 October) on a 750 mile (1,200 kilometre) march designed to claim Moroccan sovereignty over the Spanish-held territory of western Sahara.

    They were the vanguard of many columns of volunteers from every corner of Morocco expected to move southwards towards the border with the Spanish Sahara within the next few days.

    The marchers, all unarmed civilians and each carrying the barest necessities for the journey, are using trucks and buses to cover the distance between Ksar as Souk -- birthplace of the present Moroccan dynasty -- and the desert fortress of Tarfaya, only 18.5 miles (30 kilometres) from the border.

    Morocco has claimed sovereignty over the disputed territory ... a move which has aroused considerable tension between Morocco and Spain the one hand, and with Algeria on the other. In addition , guerrilla liberation groups in Spanish Sahara have also opposed all claims for territory's absorbtion into Morocco.

    Apart from the supply difficulties arising from the march, participants also face the hazard of uncharted minefields along the border laid by Moroccan guerrillas.

    Although no plans have ben made public on what the marchers will do when they reach the border, the Moroccan government has said the trek would stop only if Spain agrees to direct bilateral negotiations on terms for a handover of the territory. It has stressed that Morocco is determined to take over the Sahara either by sending in the marchers or by forcing Spain to withdraw
    Even as Tuesday's marchers set off, though, Morocco's King Hassan -- described as "the first volunteer" -- conferred twice with Senor Jose Solis, a special Spanish envoy, in the royal palace in Marrakesh.

    The meeting was followed on Wednesday (22 October) by talks between King Hassan and United States Assistant Secretary of State, Alfred Aherton, in an attempt to defuse the situation
    Thousand of enthusiastic Moroccans gathered in the central town of ksar es Souk on Tuesday ... ready to being the long "peace march" south to claim Moroccan sovereignty over the Spanish-held territory of western Sahara. The march was called by Morocco's King Hassan earlier in the month to enforce his country's territorial claims in the area.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA88M8SXHSXA5RDR24G1ITPSW0K
    Media URN:
    VLVA88M8SXHSXA5RDR24G1ITPSW0K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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