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Britain ignores UN deadline to cede control of Chagos Islands

Britain ignores UN deadline to cede control of Chagos Islands

22.11.2019

Britain ignores UN deadline to cede control of Chagos Islands

LONDON (DPA) - Britain rejected a claim by Mauritius over the Chagos Islands on Friday (Nov 22), six months after the Un ited Nations said London should end its 'colonial administration' of the Indian Ocean territory.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said the passing of the six-month deadline makes Britain an illegal colonial occupier of the islands, the BBC and other media reported.

"Mauritius has never held sovereignty over the (territory) and the UK does not recognise its claim," it said.

Speaking in a UN court last year, former Mauritian president Anerood Jugnauth said his country was coerced into a 1968 independence agreement with Britain that allowed hundreds of Chagos islanders to be relocated against their will.

Read more: The Straits Times

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