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Hundreds of tons of wastewater discharged from the U.S. Army in the lagoon of Diego Garcia




The American army discharged during more than three decades in the lagoon of Diego Garcia owned the atoll of the Chagos Archipelago several hundred tons of wastewater, while the British authorities had assured that the environment of the Chagos Islands would be protected, as revealed last Saturday the British newspaper The Independent.
 
These wastewaters have obviously polluted lagoon and dangerously affected corals of the archipelago.
 
The creation of a marine park in the Chagos desired by the British authorities would be a pretext for defenders British of the Chagossians so that the latter may not one day return the land of their ancestors, as reported in the Le Défi Quotidien newspaper.
 
However, the British authorities as indicated in its side the newspaper The Guardian, are today favourable to the dispatch of a mission of experts on hand to evaluate the possibility of repopulation of the archipelago by its inhabitants. 

As a reminder, the Mauritian Government claims for years sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago and the law of the Chagossians to live there freely.
 
The Chagos Archipelago had been stripped from 1965 to 1973 of all its inhabitants to install US military bases including to Diego Garcia, Main Island of the archipelago, occupied by about 5,000 U.S soldiers.
 
1.786 Chagossians had been forced to hastily leave their native island to reach Mauritius.
 
The British would thus have equally put pressure according to the President of the Republic, Kailash Yage on the Mauritian delegation that negotiated the country gained independence in 1968.
 
"They threatened the Mauritian delegation saying that if they did not sign, they returned the country without independence", said Kailash Yage end of October 2013.



Fabrice François


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