Ilois: Resettlement

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 2nd August 2016.

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Photo of Lord Steel of Aikwood Lord Steel of Aikwood Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the resolution from Mauritius at the forthcoming UN General Assembly calling for the matter of the resettlement of Chagos islanders to be referred to the International Court of Justice.

Photo of Baroness Anelay of St Johns Baroness Anelay of St Johns Minister of State, The Minister of State, Department for International Development

We are not aware of any plans by Mauritius for a resolution at the next UN General Assembly regarding the resettlement of Chagos islanders to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICC). On 17 May the Prime Minister of Mauritius expressed to the Mauritian Parliament his intention to seek a referral by the UN General Assembly to the ICC this autumn, in order to obtain an advisory opinion in relation to sovereignty of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). We would not support any such resolution as we are in no doubt about British sovereignty over BIOT.

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