Of course, successive Mauritian governments have maintained their claim to sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago
(including Diego Garcia), which was excised from the colony of Mauritius in breach of international law prior to the country's independence in 1968.
The Chagos Archipelago
, Mauritius-US economic relations and the United States active participation in research on the potential of Mauritius maritime resources were at the fore of discussions during a meeting held on 4 August between the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, and the US National Security Adviser, Dr Susan Rice,.
The court held the islanders had a right of return to the group of 65 islands in the Chagos Archipelago
, although not to Diego Garcia itself where the base was built.
In 1998, the GRC took legal action challenging the BIOT's immigration legislation of 1971, which denied them access to the Chagos archipelago
He said that the [archipelago's] former inhabitants would find it difficult, if not impossible, to pursue their claim for resettlement on the islands if the entire Chagos Archipelago
were a marine reserve.
NOAM Chomsky is one of the few of those who are politically literate in the United States who writes and talks about the situation of Diego Garcia, the largest island of the Chagos Archipelago
, a group of atolls comprising more than 60 islands in the Indian Ocean, and the site of a US military base.
At the beginning of April in the lead-up to Earth Day, the British government announced the creation of the largest marine protection area in the world around the Chagos Archipelago
in the Indian Ocean.
I'm bobbing about in an uninhabited palmfringed atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, in the Chagos Archipelago
, with no communications except for dodgy low-bandwidth email via our satphone and the phone itself, of course.
In a review of damselfishes of the world, Allen (1991: 66) illustrated Chromis dimidiata from Eilat, Red Sea and gave the distribution as "Widespread in the Indian Ocean including Kenya, Mauritius, Reunion, Chagos Archipelago
, Maldive Islands, Sri Lanka, Andaman Sea, and Christmas Island.
I would like to take this opportunity," Newsom told the British, "to express the United States governments serious concern over the inevitable compromise to the current and future strategic value of Diego Garcia that would result from any move to settle a permanent resident population on any of the islands of the Chagos Archipelago
To dress up the lie further, the CIA goes on to say: "Approximately 1,200 former agricultural workers earlier resident in the Chagos Archipelago
, often referred to as Chagossians or Ilois, were relocated primarily to Mauritius but also to the Scychelles between 1967 and 1973 around the time of the construction of the UK-US military facilities.
But Britain objected to the inclusion of the Chagos Archipelago
in this description of Africa on the basis that the BIOT was part of Britain.