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Mauritius: The new British High Commissioner evokes a feasibility study on the possible return of the Chagossian Community in their archipelago




The new British High Commissioner to Mauritius, Jonathan Drew (center), met Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos Refugees Group Thursday night at Floreal
The new British High Commissioner to Mauritius, Jonathan Drew (center), met Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos Refugees Group Thursday night at Floreal
The new British High Commissioner, Jonathan Drew, who took office three weeks ago in Mauritius has been suggested last Thursday during a cocktail reception at Floréal that British authorities wish to study the feasibility of the possible return of the Chagossian Community in their native Islands.
 
Jonathan Drew was able to be meet Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos refugees group, as reported in the Le Défi Quotidien newspaper.
 
As a reminder, 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 were forced to hastily leave their native island to reach the island of Mauritius.
 
The Mauritian Government claims for decades the sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago and the law of the Chagossians to live there freely.



Fabrice François


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