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Mauritius & Britain Launch Talks Over Chagos Islands

By Muhammad Osman – Samizdat – 02.01.2023

Since Mauritius got its independence from the United Kingdom in 1968, the African country has long called for the full return of the Chagos islands, where the UK set up a joint military base with the United States in 1966. In 2019, the International Court of Justice ruled that London’s administration of the Indian Ocean territory is “unlawful.”

Mauritius and the United Kingdom have finally opened negotiations on the exercise of sovereignty over the disputed Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where the UK has a joint military base with the United States, Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced on Sunday.

“The latest developments on the Chagos issue are very encouraging. Negotiations between Mauritius and Britain have begun,” Jugnauth said.

Occupied by Britain since 1814, the Chagos archipelago was not fully returned to Mauritius when it won independence from the UK in 1968, as the European kingdom had established a joint military base with the US two years earlier on Diego Garcia, the largest of the 60 small islands of the Chagos archipelago.

The government of Port Louis and the Chagossians, the indigenous population of the archipelago that was forced to leave the island upon the establishment of the UK-US base, have long fought in British courts to get the occupied territory back.

However, in 2019, Mauritius’ efforts were crowned with success after the International Court of Justice ruled that London must end its “unlawful” administration of the Indian Ocean territory. The UN’s highest court’s decision was followed by a General Assembly resolution that stressed, “The Chagos Archipelago forms an integral part of the territory of Mauritius,” calling on the UK to withdraw within six months.

In November 2022, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced that London and Port Louis had agreed to launch “constructive negotiations” on the disputed territory, highlighting that the joint UK-US military base on Diego Garcia will continue to operate regardless of the outcome of negotiations.

“Taking into account relevant legal proceedings, it is our intention to secure an agreement on the basis of international law to resolve all outstanding issues, including those relating to the former inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago,” Cleverly said.

January 2, 2023 - Posted by | Illegal Occupation | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. They may look like specks on a map but the wildlife, flora, and fauna on these islands should be protected from US and UK air forces and navies. A naturally beautiful environment, Diego Garcia has been turned into a fuel dump for B-17 bombers and nuclear submarines that are being readied by the Anglosphere for a potential war with China.
    Enough is enough. Throw the bums out.

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    Comment by Thomas Simpson | January 2, 2023 | Reply

  2. Quote, “highlighting that the joint UK-US military base on Diego Garcia will continue to operate regardless of the outcome of negotiations.

    “Taking into account relevant legal proceedings, it is our intention to secure an agreement on the basis of international law to resolve all outstanding issues.” Unquote.
    The cheek of it all, spouting on about International Law when the whole time they have ignored it, and done as they pleased.

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    Comment by itchyvet | January 2, 2023 | Reply

  3. Diego Garcia wasn’t America’s first choice. The Americans were advised that a rare breed of birds lived on the island and that this was the only place on the planet were they could be found. So they then went to Diego Garcia. Ironic that birds were more important than the hundreds of humans that were literally shoved into the hold of a cargo boat and dumped on the island of Mauritius without water, food or financial aid.

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    Comment by meuequals | January 3, 2023 | Reply


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