International Court of Justice begins hearing on Britain’s separation of Chagos islands from Mauritius

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Βritain has apologised for the “shameful” way it evicted islanders from the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, but insisted Mauritius was wrong to bring a dispute over sovereignty of the strategic atoll group to the United Nations’ top court.

The apology came on the first day of a hearing on the future of the islands, the site of a key UK and US military base, at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Dieg 2bMauritius has asked the ICJ for a legal opinion on sovereignty over the archipelago on the grounds they were “unlawfully” separated and incorporated it into British Indian Ocean Territory ahead of…

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