Moroccan civilians raised their flag over a Spanish checkpoint at Tah in Spanish Sahara 23 miles (35 Kilometres) south of the border town of Tarfaya on Wednesday (29 October).
AERIAL V Convoy across desert
(SOUND) Convoy along road with marchers waving flags
GV Tarfaya Camp (4 shots)
SV Marchers making wall, eating, writing and talking (7 shots)
GV Marchers running, one carrying flag towards Spanish fort (2 shots)
GV PAN Fort TILT UP TO Two men on top of building with flag
GV & SV Two men on top of fort holding flag
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Background: Moroccan civilians raised their flag over a Spanish checkpoint at Tah in Spanish Sahara 23 miles (35 Kilometres) south of the border town of Tarfaya on Wednesday (29 October).
The civilians were advance members of the 350,000 'peace marchers' who will leave Tarfaya on 13 November to take their country's claim on the Spanish Sahara by marching to the capital E1 Aaiun.
The flags are believed to have been raised in anticipation of a negotiated Moroccan takeover of the phosphate rice territory.
The Spanish authorities have already abandoned the forward positions and Moroccan government officials believe a wholesale Spanish withdrawal has already been decided.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Ahmed Laraki has reported much progress in talks between Spain, Morocco and Mauritania in the Spanish capital Madrid. The talks are aimed at settling the Sahara dispute peacefully.
Mr. Laraki said the parties had agreed on a pause for reflection before continuing negotiations. But he said the talks were no concern of Algeria and nothing would stop the planned peace march by 350,000 Moroccans led by King Hassan.
On Wednesday another 12,500 volunteers left Casablanca on a long journey south by rail and truck to join the multitude of marchers who have arrived so far at the vast tented city at Tarfaya.
Mr. Laraki's reference to Algeria is believed to apply to Algerian Minister of the Interior M. Mohamed Benhamed Abdelghani. Mr. Abdelgnani has just arrived in Madrid for talks on the Spanish Sahara.
Algeria is known to agree with a United Nations resolution on the Spanish Sahara demanding a referendum for the people of the country and the principle of self determination.