• Short Summary

    SPAIN HAS CONTROLLED FIVE SMALL ENCLAVES ON THE COAST OF MOROCCO FOR THE PAST FOUR CENTURIES AND ALONGSIDE SPAIN'S GIBRALTAR PROBLEM, THEY PROVIDE A CONTRAST IN PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE.

  • Description

    SPAIN HAS CONTROLLED FIVE SMALL ENCLAVES ON THE COAST OF MOROCCO FOR THE PAST FOUR CENTURIES AND ALONGSIDE SPAIN'S GIBRALTAR PROBLEM, THEY PROVIDE A CONTRAST IN PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE. THE ENCLAVES OF CEUTA, MELILLA, ALHUCEMA, CHAFARINAS AND PENON DE VELEZ REMAIN SPAIN'S LAST OUTPOSTS IN MOROCCO.

    BUT THEY ARE PROSPEROUS TOWNS AND, SO FAR, MOROCCO HAS MADE NO SERIOUS MOVE TO DISPUTE SPAIN'S POSITION WITHIN THE COUNTRY.

    CEUTA IS ATTACHED TO THE SPANISH PROVINCE OF CADIZ AND HAS A POPULATION OF 56,909. IT IS SITUATED IN THE STRAITS OF GIBRALTAR, 14 MILES FROM GIBRALTAR.

    IT PASSED UNDER SPANISH CONTROL IN 1580, BUT THE FORTIFICATIONS DATE FROM A PREVIOUS PORTUGUESE OCCUPATION. CEUTA IS A FREE PORT, MADE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER BEFORE BY WORLD WAR TWO.

    MELILLA IS 135 MILES (210 KMS) FROM CEUTA. THIS FORTRESS ENCLAVE IS BUILT ON AN OUTCROP CONNECTED TO THE MAINLAND BY A ROCKY ISTHMUS. THE HARBOUR WHICH LIES IN THE ENCLAVE WAS COMPLETED IN 1914 AND NOW THE POPULATION IS OVER 76,000, MOST OF WHOM ARE CONCERNED WITH THE BUSY PORT.

    ALHUCEMAS IS AN ISLAND FORTRESS, WHERE A GARRISON OF TROOPS IS SUPPLIED BY TENDER FROM THE SPANISH MAINLAND.

    THE PORTS PROVIDE AN EASY OUTLET FOR THOUSANDS OF MOROCCANS WHO MAKE THE SHORT SEA TRIP TO SPAIN IN ORDER TO FIND WORK IN EUROPE, BUT IN THE ENCLAVES THEMSELVES, SPANISH AND MOROCCANS LIVE QUIETLY SIDE BY SIDE IN THE MUTUAL PROSPERITY OF WEALTHY TRADING TOWNS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAYF1WT5UCXC5CYLLAHDR01YVK
    Media URN:
    VLVAYF1WT5UCXC5CYLLAHDR01YVK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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