The dispute between Britain and Mauritius over Chagos islands

The dispute between Britain and Mauritius over Chagos islands
•Mauritius called the UK an “illegal colonial occupier”, after it ignored a UN mandated deadline to return the Chagos Islands, a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean, to Mauritius
What’s the issue?
•Britain detached the Chagos Islands from Mauritius in 1965, three years before Mauritian independence.
•From 1967 to 1973, some 1,500 Chagos islanders were gradually forced to leave their homes so that the largest island, Diego Garcia, could be leased to the US for a strategic airbase. Today, Diego Garcia hosts a major US military base
•In 2017, Mauritius successfully petitioned the United Nations to seek an ICJ advisory opinion on the legality of the separation
[ICJ said, The UK should end its control of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean as rapidly as possible. The islands are not lawfully separated from the former colony of Mauritius.]
•The UK is slowly finding itself more diplomatically isolated after its failures at the UN General Assembly concerning Chagos Islands. The shambles that is Brexit has also alienated the UK to a certain degree in terms of its relations with other EU members.

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