Will the new British government give priority to concluding the Chagos negotiations?

Mauritius-UK dispute

By David Snoxell

My interview with Mauritius Times on 2 February maintained that the UK/Mauritius negotiations were continuing and discussed the outstanding issues to be resolved. Following its success in the UK general election on 4 July, the new Labour government will almost certainly resume, with renewed determination, the UK/Mauritius negotiations which have dragged on since they were announced on 3 November 2022.

Mauritius-UK dispute. Pic – The Telegraph

Historical background

Although the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) was created in 1965 and the Chagossians expelled between 1968-73 the international community, UK Parliament and the public remained largely unaware of the full extent of what had happened until details emerged in the late 1990s with the release of Government files to the National Archives. This led to the first court case in a long series of litigation that progressively laid bare the full story and a tangled web of deception. Known as the Bancoult litigation, these cases have provided much insight into the secretive nature of what occurred between 1965 and 1973 and the foundation for recent litigation in international courts and tribunals. Read More… Become a Subscriber

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