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British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Whitaker Baroness Whitaker Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the communiqué from the government of Mauritius on 30 April that the UK’s actions over the Chagos Archipelago are “in flagrant disregard of the … conclusions of the International Court of Justice”; are “an affront to the rule of law”; and have perpetuated “a historically wrongful act vis-à-vis the forcibly evicted inhabitants of those islands.”

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​I refer to the statement I made on 30 April 2019, Official Report, col HLWS1491. An International Court of Justice (ICJ) Advisory Opinion is advice provided to the United Nations General Assembly at its request; it is not a legally binding judgment. The Government respects the ICJ and has considered the content of the Opinion carefully, however, we do not share the Court's approach. This and former Governments have expressed sincere regret about the manner in which Chagossians were removed from the British Indian Ocean Territory in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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